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  • Riparo Cervini
  • Vivo d’Orcia
  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Province of Siena
  • Castiglione d'Orcia



  • The Italian Database is the result of a collaboration between:

    MIBAC (Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Direzione Generale per i Beni Archeologici),

    ICCD (Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione) and

    AIAC (Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica).

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Summary (English)

  • Below the sports fields of Vivo d’Orcia clandestine excavations revealed a rock shelter at the base of a steep cliff, at 763 m. above sea level. This shelter was occupied for a long period, beginning in the paleolithic. Annual excavations over the last four years have brought to light several sectors with undisturbed stratigraphy, which can be attributed to the Upper Paleolithic.

    The find of a post hole is particularly interesting. There are also traces of a lithic industry difficult to date with precision, while the dating by radiometry of organic samples suggest the final Epigravettian. Mesolithic material, which is particularly important for the prehistory of the catchment of Monte Amiata, comes exclusively from the earth disturbed by the clandestine excavations, which also yielded fragments of impressed “Pienza” type pottery, belonging to the early Neolithic.

  • Gabriella Barbieri - Soprintendenza Beni Archeologici della Toscana 



  • Attilio Galiberti - Università degli Studi di Siena, Dipartimento di Archeologia e Storia delle Arti, Sezione di Preistoria

Research Body

  • Università degli Studi di Siena, Dipartimento di Archeologia e Storia delle Arti

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