Monte Pellegrino - Addaura: Grotta dell'Antro nero or the Bovidae
Cadastral number Sicilian caves n. 89 and 88)
”It opens immediately on the right from the great Riparo dell'Addaura Caprara and remains under the Grotta dell'Eremita (Pa. N. 88). It has a very wide entrance, almost ten meters; closed or not depends on vandalism. Both in the first
environment that in the following emerges the red earth. The wall in front of the entrance is not made of rock, it is an exceptional paleo-soil of the upper Paleolithic which seems to obstruct the development and gives us an idea of the consistency of the ancient deposit. Two figures of bovids are graffitied on the right wall.
A few years after the discovery, some imbeciles have crossed the furrow several times. The restoration (!), Carried out a few years ago, being graffiti could not restore the "primitive aspect", but gave us a sort of copiaccia. On the subject of false memories, for future reference, that in the terminal environment of the cave there is, from 1955-56, an anthropomorphic figure "painted in black", drawn with the smoke of a carbide lamp. " (Text source: Giovanni Mannino: Guide to the Prehistory of Palermo - List of prehistoric sites in the province of Palermo - Palermo: Sicilian Institute for Political and Economic Studies, 2008.)
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
Photos: Giovanni Mannino: Monte Pellegrino in Prehistory - New data: in the Archaeological Newsletter Superintendence of Palermo 24/2017
Information contributions: Ignazio Caloggero Web,
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