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  • Grotta dell’Eremita
  • Borgosesia, Monte Fenera



    • 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)

    • The excavations in the Grotta dell’Eremita are carried out by the University of Geneva’s Laboratory of Prehistoric Archaeology and Anthropology – F-A. Forel Institute – Earth and Environmental Sciences.

      This season’s objectives were to complete the excavation of the surface investigated in 2014 and to open new excavations in the south side of the cave and the atrium area. A total surface area of 15 m2 was excavated.

      The chronological and stratigraphical observations documented during previous campaigns were confirmed and new evidence recorded regarding the spatial distribution of the finds. The body of finds included numerous pottery fragments (some forms were reconstructable), rare lithic industry (flint), and numerous faunal fragments, some of which burnt.
      Six charcoal samples were sent for dating to the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology (ETH) in Zürich. Sediment and pollen samples were also taken and are being studied at the Universities of Geneva and Bern.

      The aim was to fully excavate the middle Bronze Age level across the entire surface inside the cavern, but this was not completed. However, the new evidence provided a more complete picture of the types of occupation and a better definition of its geological history.

    • Eve Derenne 
    • Stefano Viola – Università di Ginevra 
    • Marie Besse – Università di Ginevra 



    • Jocelyne Desideri – University of Geneva
    • Celine Von Tobel – University of Geneva
    • Elisa Panero – Soprintendeza per i Beni Archeologici e del Museo antichità Egizie
    • Francesco Rubat Borel – Soprintendeza per i Beni Archeologici e del Museo antichità Egizie
    • Matteo Gios – University of Geneva

    Research Body

    • Università di Ginevra, Laboratoire d’archéologie préhistorique et anthropologie

    Funding Body

    • Fondation Ernst et Lucie Schmidheiny, Ginevra
    • Universita di Ginevra,  Laboratoire d’archéologie préhistorique et antropologie Comune di Borgosesia


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