plant-shape engraving


On the cortex of a block of flint, of an oval morphology, is an engraving with an elaborate phytomorphic motif. From one line, rectilinear or slightly sinuous, numerous short, oblique lines branch out, more or less parallel, which become gradually shorter towards the upper end.
On one side eight juxtaposed and iso-oriented modules are visible. The opposite face is used for six marks arranged in a radial pattern.
The iconography and the design of the engraving recall the phytomorphic painted figure of Riparo Villabruna A.
(fragment, maximum size of the block cm 7,6)


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Relative chronology
Final Epigravettian

It was the end of the last glacial period, between 14,000 and 10,000 years ago, that brought the Palaeolithic to a close. Italy, like other European areas, witnessed the formation of well-defined regional areas, with elements of heterogeneity within the lithic production. Behavioural practices that weren't by nature utilitarian – that is to say those associated with funerary practices and artistic experience – occurred cross-regionally.

The Franco-Cantabrian style began to fade out from artistic productions. No longer adopted in the South, it left traces in the Centre and the North of Italy, where echoes of the transalpine tradition persisted, filtered through the expanding Mediterranean style. In the final two millennia, this language assumed a more synthetic and abstract character, with especially geometric and linear graphic productions.

BAGOLINI B., PASQUALI T., ZAMPEDRI M., 1985, Testimonianze epigravettiane nella Piana della Marcesina-Altopiano dei Sette Comuni, Preistoria Alpina, 21, pp. 11-20.
BASSETTI M., DALMERI G., 2000, Il sito epigravettiano di Fonte del Palo. Altopiano dei Sette Comuni (Vicenza). Note su un sondaggio di scavo, Quaderni di Archeologia del Veneto, XVI, pp. 84-92.
DALMERI G., 1998, Le incisioni epigravettiane della Marcesina (Trento-Vicenza), RSP, XLIX, pp. 141-148..
MARTINI F., 2016, L'arte paleolitica e mesolitica in Italia, Millenni. Studi di archeologia preistorica, 12, Firenze.

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