SHORT LINEAR MARKS

GROTTE VERDI DI PRADIS

Clavicle of a marmot decorated with three even and equidistant signs, with the addition of a fourth spaced on one end.
(length 5.4 cm).

Subject

Abstract

Category

Mobiliare

Raw material

Materia dura animale

Technique

Engraving

Layer

Layer 1a

Chronology

12.895 ± 294 bp non cal.

Item code

-

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.

Gallery
Bibliography
GUERRESCHI A., LEONARDI P. , 1984, La fine del Paleolitico superiore (Epigravettiano finale), in Aspes A., a cura di, Il Veneto nell'antichità. Preistoria e Protostoria, I, pp. 243-281.
GURIOLI F., BARTOLOMEI G., NANNINI N., PERESANI M., ROMANDINI M., 2011, Deux clavicules de marmotte épigravettiennes incises provenant des Grottes Verdi de Pradis (Alpes Italiennes), Paleo, 22, pp. 311-318.
MARTINI F., 2016, L'arte paleolitica e mesolitica in Italia, Millenni. Studi di archeologia preistorica, 12, Firenze.

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