Preliminary survey activities carried out during construction works at the site of Contrada Pace in the Municipality of Tolentino (Macerata, Central Italy), led to the discovery of one of the most complete and well preserved Early Mesolithic open-air sites in Italy and, in general, southern Europe. On a terrace of the Chienti river, an Early Holocene paleosol with significant traces of human activity was discovered under a 1-1.5 meter thick fine sedimentary cover. The extensive micro-stratigraphic excavation that took place since September 2019, allowed exploring an area of more than 500 square meters and recovering several thousand lithic artefacts and organic remains. These findings appear to be clustered in different functional areas that yielded multiple structured features. This paper aims at presenting a first overview on the Early Mesolithic sites discovered at Contrada Pace. Although the study is still at a preliminary stage, data collected during the excavation and the first laboratory analyses already allowed gaining a clear understanding of the general structure of the site and of some of the main and most significant discovered features.

A new Early Holocene settlement in Central Italy: Contrada Pace (Marche region).

Visentin D.
Formal Analysis
;
Potì A.
Formal Analysis
;
Bassetti M.
Formal Analysis
;
Bertola S.
Formal Analysis
;
Cattabriga G.
Investigation
;
Cocilova A.
Investigation
;
Cristiani E.
Formal Analysis
;
Fasser N.
Formal Analysis
;
Fontana F.
Conceptualization
;
Peresani M.
Conceptualization
;
2022

Abstract

Preliminary survey activities carried out during construction works at the site of Contrada Pace in the Municipality of Tolentino (Macerata, Central Italy), led to the discovery of one of the most complete and well preserved Early Mesolithic open-air sites in Italy and, in general, southern Europe. On a terrace of the Chienti river, an Early Holocene paleosol with significant traces of human activity was discovered under a 1-1.5 meter thick fine sedimentary cover. The extensive micro-stratigraphic excavation that took place since September 2019, allowed exploring an area of more than 500 square meters and recovering several thousand lithic artefacts and organic remains. These findings appear to be clustered in different functional areas that yielded multiple structured features. This paper aims at presenting a first overview on the Early Mesolithic sites discovered at Contrada Pace. Although the study is still at a preliminary stage, data collected during the excavation and the first laboratory analyses already allowed gaining a clear understanding of the general structure of the site and of some of the main and most significant discovered features.
Visentin, D.; Potì, A.; Bassetti, M.; Bertola, S.; Carra, M.; Cattabriga, G.; Cocilova, A.; Cristiani, E.; D’Ulizia, A.; Dipino, N.; Fasser, N.; Fontana, A.; Palmieri, M.; Fontana, F.; Peresani, M.; Mazzieri, P.; Finocchi, S.
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/11392/2497037
 Attenzione

Attenzione! I dati visualizzati non sono stati sottoposti a validazione da parte dell'ateneo

Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 0
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? ND
social impact