Grotta Mora Cavorso, from Protohistory to Present Times
This volume contains the results of archaeological research carried out at Grotta Mora Cavorso, a fascinating cave in the still-pristine landscape of the Simbruini Mountains along the Upper Aniene River Valley, central Italy. The book is written by archaeologists for archaeologists, as well as for lovers of archaeology, history and speleology; it describes and critically discusses a wide range of scientific and anthropological analyses carried out over the last 15 years, while integrating them within the contemporary theoretical debate. The first of three volumes, it covers the Historic and Protohistoric periods of human occupation of the cave, revealing its complex and multi-layered use as a burial and ritual place, a possible monastic hermitage, stables and even a war refuge. This book serves to fill the gap in cave archaeology at both a local and wider geographical scale, while demonstrating the key importance of a previously neglected area, thus adding to the overall understanding of the use of caves in Mediterranean Europe.
Dr Mario Federico Rolfo is Associated Professor of Prehistory and Protohistory at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, and specialises in geo-archaeology and cave archaeology. His current research focuses on the human presence in the late Pleistocene in Lazio’s coastal areas, mobility, occupation, and exploitation patterns of Neanderthal vs. Sapiens.
Dr Maurizio Gatta is Lecturer at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and Research Associate at the University of York, UK. His interest, on which he has published over 20 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, focuses on Late Pleistocene palaeoecology and human contexts.
Dr Letizia Silvestri is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Durham, UK, and Lecturer at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. She has published many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters focusing mainly on pre-protohistory, cave archaeology, social zooarchaeology, and palaeoethnobotany.
Dr Katia Francesca Achino is Research Associate in Prehistory at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, ZRC SAZU (Ljubljana) and LAQU (Barcelona). She has published several peer-reviewed papers, special issues and book chapters on the European Bronze Age and spatial analysis.
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