Ortucchio (AQ) - Abruzzo

Also known as the Grotta dei Porci and located about one kilometer south of Ortucchio, it was excavated by A.M. Radmilli (Pisa University) from 1957 to 1960.
It contains deposits from the Final Epigravettian, Protohistoric and Roman period, and Middle Age.
A human skull has been dated to 12,619 + 410 BP uncalibrated.

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.


Final Epigravettian

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