New perspectives on the human occupation of the Gulf of Palermo during the Metal Ages: the funerary cave of Zubbio di Cozzo San Pietro (Bagheria) and the necropolis of Viale Venere (Mondello, Palermo)

Vincenza Forgia, Luca Sineo, Vincenza Forgia, Maria Giuseppa Scopelliti, Marcello A. Mannino, Pietro Valenti, Roberto Maria Micciche'

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Abstract

The Archaeological Superintendency of Palermo (Sicily), with the chair of Anthropology at the University of Palermo, carried out a preliminary investigation in the Zubbio of Cozzo San Pietro (Bagheria) – a cave known so far only from a speleological point of view - which proved to be a funerary cave dating to the Copper/Bronze Age. In the course of archaeological work during the installation of the electricity grid in the Mondello area (Palermo), part of a necropolis consisting of three oven-shaped tombs was exposed. The tombs multiple depositions, whose remains were found in a very bad state of preservation. Based on the type of funerary structures and the equipment found in them, we hypothesize the existence of a necropolis datable to the Early Copper Age that occupies a large area. After an articulated presentation of both necropolises, thanks to a multidisciplinary approach, an attempt was made to re-read all the elements available for a reconstruction of the Conca d'Oro (Palermo, Italy), during the metal ages.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Volume31
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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