Fonzaso (BL) - Veneto

The site, located in the Cismon Valley and excavated in 1988 and 1989 by Alberto Broglio (Ferrara University), was attended in the Final Epigravettian around 12,000 years BP (uncalibrated date).
The main highlight of the Shelter is the burial pit (only partially tampered with) of a young hunter, sealed by carefully arranged stones. Four stones are painted and they form a kind of mosaic with symbolic images.
(lengths of the stones between 22 and 34 cm)

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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