Massa Marittima (GR) - Toscana

The site, investigated by Francesca Minellono (Università di Firenze e Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria) between 1969 and 1973, has returned, among other evidence, two burials and an important iconographic repertoire. It includes anthropomorphic and zoomorphic motifs, rarely geometric and linear, almost exclusively on bone support.
Vado all'Arancio attests to the persistence of the stylistic influence Franco-Cantabrian at an advanced phase of the Epigravettian, in association with the naturalistic “Mediterranean” style.

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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