Upper Paleolithic and Neolithic cave station in Acquasanta - M. Amara - Cavalera
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Upper Paleolithic and Neolithic cave station in Acquasanta - M. Amara - Cavalera


Upper Paleolithic and Neolithic cave station; area of ​​discovery of late antique and medieval ceramics. (A2.5).


On the right wall of an Amara fossil valley, about 50 meters. from the coast, a cave opens up. Researches carried out inside it in the XNUMXs made it possible to identify the presence of a lithic industry from the upper Paleolithic of Gravetti and fragments of Neolithic tools and engraved ceramics. Along the walls of the valley other caves have been reported with entrances blocked by debris. On the limestone plateau south of the valley, Period: II / IV AD

Bibliographic sources

Mentesana M., 1968a, On a prehistoric cave of Monte Amara, “Historical news of Augusta”, 2, pp. 8-54; Pianese SP Historical review of the research on the Paleolithic in Sicily, Quaternaria X (1968), pp. 241-242; RussoGianino, The stone age in the territory of Augusta, "Historical news of Augusta", 15, 1987, pp.7-24; Tusa S., Sicily in prehistory. 1992, p. 137; Russo I.-Gianino P.- Lanteri R., Augusta and neighboring territories, I, Prehistory, From the Upper Palaeolithic to pre-colonization, 1996, pp. 41-49; Lanteri R., Augusta and its territory, elements for an archaeological map, 1997, p.53-57; Guzzardi L., Man and caves in the Prehistory of the Hyblean region, in Proceedings of the 4th Speleological Convention of Sicily, Ragusa 2004, pp. 296-299.

Area of ​​archaeological interest, art. 142 letter m) Legislative Decree 42/04

(Source text of survey form n.12 Landscape Plan of the Province of Syracuse - Archaeological Heritage)

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 

Ignazio Caloggero:

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

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