Grotta Tonnara or Mollica
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The cave opens in the Piano della Cala, for some decades it has belonged to the maritime state property "Maresicilia". The first to give news of this site is the baron Francesco Andrian who mentions the cave of greatest interest calling it Tonnara (in De Gregorio Mollica). Already in his time it had been emptied of the anthropozoic deposit and on the outside a large breach containing the remains of food and industry from the upper Paleolithic, as I was able to personally ascertain in 1957. On both arms of the Piano della Cala there are a dozen caves all emptied of the anthropozoic deposit whose traces are sometimes found outside. Note on the left wall, about halfway along its path, in the open, two taurine protomes deeply engraved. F ° 249 I SW, Isola delle Femmine; UTM: UC47782940, Altitude: 40 m. (Text source: Giovanni Mannino: Guide to the Prehistory of Palermo - List of prehistoric sites in the province of Palermo - Sicilian Institute for Political and Economic Studies)
Giovanni Mannino: Guide to the Prehistory of Palermo - List of prehistoric sites in the province of Palermo - Sicilian Institute for Political and Economic Studies - 2008 - Publication produced with the contribution of the Regional Cultural Heritage Department,
Environmental and Public Education. Download the document: Guide-Prehistory-of-Palermo_10c8pt2p
Bibliography and further in-depth documents:
100) FIRST SICILY - AT THE ORIGINS OF SICILIAN SOCIETY - volume first edited by Sebastiano Tusa Palermo 1997.
198) D. Petruso - V. Forgia - L. Sineo: The human population of Sicily: an interdisciplinary review in the Archive for Anthropology and Ethnology - Vol. CXLIV (2014)
Download file: SINEO et al
200) Gioconda La Magna (edited by) Between Etna and Simeto - Archaeological research in Adrano and its territory - Proceedings of the study meeting for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Adrano Museum Adrano, 8 June 2005 - Library of the Regional Province of Catania 2009. Download file: The_Neolithic_in_Valle_del_Simeto
History of Sicily - 1.2. Paleolithic and Mesolithic:
History of Sicily - 1.2.1: Religious sentiments and burials in the Paleolithic and Mesolithic
History of Sicily - 1.2.2: Art in the Paleolithic and Mesolithic
History of Sicily - 1.2.3: Archaeological sites of the Sicilian Paleolithic and Mesolithic
Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero
Information contributions: Ignazio Caloggero Web
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