Il sito preistorico dell'arco naturale di Capo Zafferano (Sicilia) aspetti geomorfologici e relazione con le variazioni del livello marino olocenico

F. Antonioli, G. Belluomini, L. Ferranti, S. Improta, G. Reitano

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A deposit of mollusk shell remains (Patella ferruginea and Trochus sp.) associated with stone artefacts (weapons, scrap-ers, etc.) of Mesolithic age, has been identified in an underwater cave (-20 m s.I.) at Capo Zafferano, a carbonatic promontory with steep cliffs 10 km E of Palermo (NW Sicily). Patella ferruginea samples are radiocarbon dated to 8960±130 yr B.P. calibrated to 9350÷9900 yr BP in agreement with archaeological dating. Underwater investigations indicate submerged terraces, at -16÷18 m below present sea-level, forming a continuous strip around the promontory and which provided access to the cave. Sea-level at 9500 yr B.P. at the site was about 25 m below the present level: this datum is in agreement with the Tyrrhenian Holocene sea-level curve.
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)109 - 118
Number of pages10
JournalAlpine and Mediterranean Quaternary
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Archaeology
  • Geology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Palaeontology

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