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Terracina (LT) - Lazio

Final Epigravvettian site discovered in the 1950's and excavated by Amilcare Bietti (Rome 'La Sapienza' University) from 1979.
The engraved finding was discovered by Luigi Cardini (Istituto Italiano di Paleontologia umana) during his survey of 1963 in a secondary context (layer B).
Subsequent investigations by Bietti revealed a layer in a primary position (layer D) with radiometric dating between 13,665 ± 190 BP and 12,400 ± 170 BP not calibrated.
It is in this phase of the shelter's occupation that the portable finding could possibly belong.

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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