Grotta dell'uzzo

Unnamed Road (San Vito Lo Capo)

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La grotta dell'uzzo is 10 km SE of San Vito lo Capo, within the Riserva naturale dello Zingaro Sicily northern coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, in the province of Trapani.

The cave

La grotta dell'uzzo is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the whole Sicily within it were found traces of human presence dating back about 10,000 years ago. Probably still have the remains of some animals found in the cave which, rhinos, Lions and mammoths. The examination of the remains found, both human and utensils they used, it was possible to reconstruct, with a fair approximation, their habits of life. Layering emerged from the excavations made in the cave, has also made it possible to know the man's evolution over the past 10,000 years. The community which occupied the cave consisted of a small group of hunters who lived in the area. The cave was used as a shelter for the night and defense against wild animals. Over the centuries, the community learned to cultivate the land and eat of the fish that had to exist abundantly in the sea near the cave.
The inner walls of the cave revealed what can be called a Necropolis "La lettre", evidently carried out over the last millennia to us closer. The human remains dating back to the Mesolithic recovered from excavations in the cave are kept at the Antonio Salinas regional Archaeological Museum in Palermo.



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