CAVERNA DELLE ARENE CANDIDE

Finale Ligure (SV) - Liguria

One of the most important sites of Northern Italy, reported by A. Issel in 1864 and then excavated by Luigi Bernabò Brea and Luigi Cardini (1940-42 and 1948-50). They are undergoing new stratigraphic research.
With a presence from the Upper Paleolithic, the Neolithic, and even in successive eras, even historical, it has returned evidence of the highest importance.
For the Paleolithic, the burials of nineteen individuals are attributable.
Concerning the parietal art of interest here is the “Giuseppe Vicino gallery”, in the portable art some findings are associated with a burial and some painted pebbles.

Historical framework
Upper Paleolithic

Coinciding with the arrival of the species Homo sapiens in Europe was the most recent phase of the Paleolithic (between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago). Here, we see a break with the previous cultural traditions of the Neanderthals, and the beginning of a series of utilitarian and symbolic practices which developed in the millennia leading up to the arrival of the Neolithic. The presence of strategically located settlements, subsistence practices based on hunting and gathering, the modality of funerary rites and the beginning of the figurative art allow us to follow the transformation of the earliest sapiens cultures.

Cultures

Gravettian
Final Epigravettian
Upper Generic Paleolithic

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