Ventimiglia (IM) - Liguria

The cave is a very small cavity (lenght less than two meters), with a sloping floor, not suitable for human settlement.
The level of the entrance to the small cavity corresponds to archaeological levels of the Upper Paleolithic (Final Epigravettian), still preserved in the adjacent Riparo Mochi.
This small cave had to be a place dedicated to a specific activity, probably ritualistic.

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.


Upper Generic Paleolithic

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