Systematic flotation at Grotta del Cavallo (Apulia)

Wednesday 26. August 2015. at 21:18h

In October 2015, Dr Giuseppina Mutri (University of Cambridge) carried out a systematic flotation activity at the site of Grotta del Cavallo in southern Italy. Flotation samples were collected from Middle and Early Upper Palaeolithic layers excavated at the site. At the site, soil samples were selected for an extensive programme of flotation using sea water. Successively, the samples were transported in the lab and re-washed with fresh water in order to avoid the formation of salt concretions. Numerous charcoals and charred remains of plants collected during the flotation are currently under study.

Prof. F. Martini and Dr Domenico Lo Vetro of the University of Florence were involved as project partners.