GROTTA GIOVANNA

Siracusa (SR) - Sicilia

Excavated by Luigi Cardini (Istituto Italiano di Paleontologia umana) in 1967 and 1968, about 70 emngraved limestone fragments were found at Grotta Giovanna. Of which only 18 have been published by Eugenia Segre Naldini. The supports are almost all irregular, the incisions are mostly thin and shallow.

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

Final Epigravettian

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