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Prehistoric landscapes of the Dolomites. Survey data from the Cadore territory (Belluno Dolomites, Northern Italy)

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The identification of Mesolithic lithic scatters on the highland district of Cadore (1700-2700 m a.s.l.), in the Italian Alps, started during the 1980s, enhanced by the discovery of the rock-shelter site of Mondeval de Sora. A new archaeological survey project was developed in this area, particularly between Passo Giau and Col de la Puina, from 2011 to 2014. The adoption of a "total archaeology approach" enabled the identification of different types of archaeological evidence. This paper focuses specifically on the small-scale record represented by lithic artefacts. Both previously identified sites and newly recognised find-spots have been positioned, described and spatially analysed in connection to the topography of the investigated territory, in order to set hypotheses on the settlement strategies adopted by prehistoric groups. Most of these scatters can be attributed with a good approximation either to the Sauveterrian or to the Castelnovian phase of the Mesolithic or generically to the Mesolithic, thus confirming the intense occupation of these territories by the last groups of hunter-gatherers. The presence of more recent lithic artefacts (Copper Age) has led the authors to reconsider the common assumption that all lithic assemblages at high altitude should necessarily be attributed to the Mesolithic.

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Author(s): Visentin D, Carrer F, Fontana F, Cavulli F, CescoFrare P, Mondini C, Pedrotti A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Quaternary International

Year: 2015

Volume: 402

Pages: 5-14

Print publication date: 26/05/2016

Online publication date: 17/11/2015

Acceptance date: 24/10/2015

ISSN (print): 1040-6182

ISSN (electronic): 1873-4553

Publisher: Pergamon Press


DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2015.10.080


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