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Grotta del Romito

Grotta del Romito

Magical neolithic shelter

  • Author: redazione
  • Date Posted: Dec 12, 2016
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  • Address: Papasidero

The Romito Cave is situated in Papasidero (Cosenza), in a valley that lies on the left sideo of Lao River. The archaeological excavations of the 60’s made possible to establish that the interest of man for the cave dates back to the Epipalaeolithic era. The famous rock carvings that have made famous the Romito are visible to the visitor on the entrance of the shelter. The first is the so called ‘linear signs rock’ and reveals no apparent meaning; it is dated around the year 11.000 BC. The second the one with the portrait of three different profiles of Bos Primigenius. The stylistic attitude of this artistic expression is typical of the Mediterranean area; this is one of the the most joyous expression of Paleolithic Realism in the Mediterranean. The stylistic features of this masterpiece recalls the Franco-Cantabrian Palaeolithic art as well. The graves found in the cave increase the symbolic and cultural value of the site. At the base of the boulder with the bulls there is a double burial with the remains of a young man hugging an older woman. This burial was accompanied by horns of Bos primigenius and flint tools. Another double burial, at the same level, hosts the remains of a man and a woman. While in the inner cave two single burials have been found.