GROTTA DEI PUNTALI - GROTTE DI ARMETTA

Carini (PA) - Sicilia

Within the place name of Grotte di Armetta can be indicated some caves on the Montagna Lunga. The most important is the Grotta dei Puntali, known since 1869, with deposits of Upper Paleolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age. The others are shelters or small ravines that have not returned any archaeological deposit, but containing parietal engravings.

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

Epigravettian

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