settings of geometric-linear signs


There is no shortage of compositions of great craftsmanship, occupying an entire surface of one or both faces.
Stone No. 9: filled bands, broken lines and groups of lines, also in this case in perfect agreement with the morphology of the block (see stone no. 1).
Stone No. 16: composition by ladder motifs and filled bands, both parallel and orthogonal, distributed with a completely filling effect, together with unorganized lines. A small partial bovid is barely perceptible, as if an intrusive element.
Similar settings can be seen on other stones in poor physical condition.



Naturalistico animale



Raw material





secondary context



Item code

CAV 9, 16

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.

MARTINI F., 2016, L'arte paleolitica e mesolitica in Italia, Millenni. Studi di archeologia preistorica, 12, Firenze.
MARTINI F., FREDIANI A., 1997, Per una definizione di struttura iconografica: le figurazioni mobiliari di Grotta del Cavallo, RSP, XLVIII, pp. 239-280.
VIGLIARDI MICHELI A. , 1972, Le incisioni su pietra romanelliane della Grotta del Cavallo (Uluzzo, Lecce), RSP, XXVII, 1, pp. 57-115.

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