New scientific drillings at Lake Fimon (Venetian Alpine foothills, north-eastern Italy)

This area is well-known as it provides both a Late Pleistocene palaeoecological record (Pini et al., 2010) and several Middle to Late Palaeolithic sites yielding evidence of Neandertal and AMH occupation (Grotta Fumane and Riparo Broion shelter). High-resolution palynostratigraphic researches are currently in progress on the Lake Fimon cores to answer specific questions relevant to the ERC Project, i.e. the effects of climate variability on the environments of last Neandertals – early AMH, the role of fire, etc.






Workshop “The dynamics of the climate in the last glacial-interglacial cycle”, Bologna, 17-18 June 2019

 The first meeting of the CNR  Working Group on the Dynamics of Paleoclimate focused on the history and dynamics of climate during the last 150 k-years. Federica Badino presented: “L’impatto degli Heinrich Events sugli ecosistemi terrestri: individuazione di proxies paleoecologici e sedimentologici lacustri in Nord Italia e analisi delle loro serie temporali ad alta risoluzione

XXIII AAI Conference – Padova, 4-6 September 2019

Dr Eugenio Bortolini presenting “assessing biological and cultural admixture in the Etruscan-Celtic population of Monterenzio Vecchio and Monte Bibele (Bologna-Italy) @AAI2019 @eu_bortolini
Dr Gregorio Oxilia presenting “Earliest evidence of Focal Cemento-Osseous Dysplasia in the Late Upper Palaeolithic” @ AAI 2019 – Padua



Dr Rita Sorrentino presenting “The modern human talus affected by cultural and behavioral factors”.

Meeting “Ambiente ed archeologia dei Colli Berici e delle Valli di Fimon”, 1st March 2019, Padova

The Berici Hills and, in particular the Fimon Valleys, represent an extraordinary archive of the Late Pleistocene environmental, climate and Middle to Late Palaeolithic human history in north-eastern Italy. The multidisciplinary nature of this meeting promoted knowledge exchange between humanities and other scientific domains (e.g., geology, archaeology, paleoecology, zooarchaeology).