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  • Cuoléto de Nadale
  • Calto
  • Italy
  • Veneto
  • Province of Vicenza
  • Zovencedo



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    MIBAC (Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Direzione Generale per i Beni Archeologici),

    ICCD (Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione) and

    AIAC (Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica).

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Summary (English)

  • The excavations at Covolo di Natale concentrated on an area of about 5 m2 and continued the investigation of the only known occupation level (US 7), intercepted during the 2014 campaign.

    The occupation layer produced a large quantity of materials, both lithic industry attributable to the Quina Mousterian culture and animal bones showing butchery marks or marks indicating their use in lithic production. Of particular interest among the lithic implements were the scrappers, mainly laterals, and numerous flakes with the typical Quina re-touch, graduated, flaked and direct, attesting the frequent reworking of the edges to render the tool reusable. A preliminary analysis indicates the raw materials were good quality, which probably mainly from the Lessini Mountains and the Euganei hills and to a lesser degree from the San Pancrazio deposit in the Berici hills.

    A small number of these implements (about 10) had been in contact with fire and were therefore selected for TL dating, which will be carried out in collaboration with the physics department at Cologne University. Sediment samples were also taken as part of this innovative research that could provide a chronological outline for the occupation, and dosimeters were inserted into the sections.

    The bones were mainly from large ungulates (bison, megaloceros and deer), with rare examples from carnivores (mainly bear and wolf). The preliminary taphonomic analyses revealed intense hunting and butchering exclusively of herbivores and an intense use of the diaphyses as striking implements in the production or reworking the edges of the stone tools.

  • Marco Peresan 
  • Alessandra Livraghi  



  • Matteo Romandini

Research Body

  • Università di Ferrara

Funding Body

  • Comune di Zovencedo
  • Hugo Obermaier-Society for Quaternary Research and Archaeology of the Stone Age
  • Pro Loco Alti Berici
  • Saf S.p.a.


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