Radiocarbon and U-series age constraints for the Lateglacial rock art of Sicily

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  • G. Di Maida, Kiel University, Neanderthal Museum
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  • M. A. Mannino
  • J. Zilhão, University of Lisbon, ICREA, University of Barcelona
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  • D. L. Hoffmann
  • M. García-Diez, Complutense University of Madrid
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  • A. Pastoors, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
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  • C. D. Standish, University of Southampton
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  • A. W.G. Pike, University of Southampton
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  • J. Olsen
  • V. Schimmenti, Museo Archeologico Regionale “A. Salinas”
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  • G. Battaglia, University of Palermo
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  • T. Terberger, University of Göttingen

The presence of rock and portable art on Sicily has been recognized since World War II. This record has been unanimously attributed to the Upper Palaeolithic in the published literature, based almost uniquely on stylistic reasoning. Here we present the first absolute dates in direct association with the Sicilian art record. These data provide new insights into the life of Southern European hunter-gatherers and their relationships with coeval groups from Western Europe, contributing a fresh perspective on the ongoing discussion about the development and co-existence of different art traditions in Europe during the final phases of the Pleistocene and at the beginning of the Holocene.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106524
JournalQuaternary Science Reviews
Volume245
ISSN0277-3791
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

    Research areas

  • Addaura, Lateglacial, Portable art, Rock art, Sicily, Upper palaeolithic

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