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  • Grotta Fumane
  • Grotta Fumane
  • Riparo Solinas
  • Italy
  • Veneto
  • Province of Verona
  • Fumane



  • 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 concentrated on an area of c. 5.5 m2 and saw the completion of the excavation of unit A10 in the area investigated in 2017 and of two quadrants already excavated in 1996, in order to integrate them with the rest of the excavation. The micro-sequence of unit A10 was uncovered in these quadrants, identifying the alternation of occupation levels and gravel layers.

    The excavation continued in 33 cm2 squares. The sediment was removed by suction and sieved in order to recover bone, burnt bone, flint, malacofauna, microtheriofauna and charcoal. During the excavation the flints ≥3cm, bones ≥5cm and identifiable examples, the hearth stones and compact charcoal fragments of several millimetres in size were recorded using a total station, noting the context, spatial coordinates, and where possible inclination and alignment.

    Two hearths were found; the first was more structured and was attributed to A10IVSVIII, already partially excavated in 2015. The second that appeared as a heap of charcoal, was denominated A10IVSXI. Both were recorded and sampled in order to gain an understanding of the techniques used for lighting, upkeep and use of the fire within the site. Levels A10I, A10IBRI, A10I.2, A10III.2, A10III+A10IV, A10IV.1BR, A10IV.1, A10VBRIV were identified and sampled. Flint flakes relating to the Levallois and Discoide methods were found within these levels together with numerous bones from herbivores such as deer, megaloceros, roe deer and ibex.
    As in other years, the sediments were sampled for DNA analysis.

  • Marco Peresani – Università degli Studi di Ferrara  



  • Marco Peresani
  • Matteo Romandini
  • Rossella Duches

Research Body

  • Department of Human Evolution - Max Planck Institute.
  • MUSE – Museo delle Scienze di Trento
  • Università di Bologna
  • Università di Bordeaux I
  • Università di Ferrara
  • Università di Liegi
  • Università di Oxford
  • Università di Roma La Sapienza

Funding Body

  • Comune di Fumane
  • Comunità Montana della Lessinia
  • Consorzio Imbrifero Montano Adige e altri sponsor internazionali e locali
  • European Research Council (ERC) (grant agreement No 724046)
  • Parco Naturale Regionale della Lessinia
  • Università di Ferrara


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