New data on Sicilian prehistoric and historic evolution in a mountaincontext, Vallone Inferno (Scillato, Italy)

Vincenza Forgia, Oscar Belvedere, Luca Sineo, Ethel Allué, Diego E. Angelucci, Hugues-Alexandre Blain, Juan Ignacio Morales, Anna Rodríguez, Isabel Expósito, Patricia Martín, Giovanni Virruso, Enrico Alessi, Llorenç Picornell, Francesc Burjachs, Andreu Ollé, Juan Manuel López-García, Josep Maria Vergès

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Vallone Inferno rock-shelter is an archaeological site located in the Madonie mountainrange in Sicily. Archaeological excavation and research have provided a long prehistoricand historic sequence from the Neolithic to the medieval period, this being the most completework in this area at present. In this paper we present the preliminary data providedby a multidisciplinary study based on pottery, lithic, human, faunal and plant remains.Stratigraphic studies have identified four complexes, of which complex 3 has providedalmost all the archaeological remains. 14C AMS dates, obtained from four samples, placethe human activities between 2601 cal BC and 644 cal AD. These dates are coherent withthe cultural attribution of the ceramic and lithic remains. Macrofaunal and plant remainsshow a persistent use of the shelter for pastoral activities. Environmental data, obtainedfrom microvertebrate and archaeobotanical remains, show the aridification and openingof the landscape from the base to the top of the sequence as a consequence of the humanimpact.© 2012 Académie des sciences. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine12
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2013

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