Sicily: rock engravings (Rip. San Giovanni and other sites)

Sambuca di Sicilia (AG) - Sicilia

On several occasions Giovanni Mannino, during his surveys along the Northern coast of Sicily, often solicited by Paolo Graziosi, reported caves and shelters in which linear incisions appear. Recent research by Sebastiano Tusa has expanded on this legacy.
Their chrono-cultural position has not been defined and also the attribution to the Palaeolithic era has not been proven.

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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