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General Information

Site Name: Bisceglie

Synonym Name(s): Grotta di Santa Croce

Site Type: cave

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Discovery Year: 1937

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Country: Italy

General Location Description: Cave Santa Croce, on the right flank of the Lama di Santa Croce, 7km south of Bisceglie, Bari


Latitude (WGS84): 41.183° N

Longitude (WGS84): 16.517° E


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Bibliography: Cardini 1939

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Linked Pages: Italy - Neanderthal


Additional Content

The cave has been excavated for more than 70 years now. The main findings are the femur of a Neanderthal, and the remains of a wooden basket. There was a tool shop of the Mousterian leaving behind 2 200 flint stone tools, and again during the Gravettian. The early excvations in the 1930s were made by achaeologists around L. Cardini, president of the Istituto Italiano di Paleontologia Umana (Italian Institute of Human Paleontology). The findings are on display at the Museo Civico Archeologico at Bisceglie, which is located in the Monastero Santa Croce.