Grotta del Romito – Hermit’s Cave Calabria

The Hermit’s Cave is a site dating from the Upper Paleolithic containing one of the oldest testimonies of prehistoric times in Italy , situated in the village in the municipality of Nuppolara Papasidero in Calabria , the province of Cosenza .

Inside there are some rock carvings, including the most important is a graffiti depicting two cattle ( Bos primigenius ), and traces of ancient burials, dating to 10,500 years ago.

The discovery of the graffiti occurred in 1961 , has been dated by experts as belonging to the Upper Paleolithic . A reproduction of the original is preserved at the National Museum of Reggio Calabria .Other exhibits are on display at Florence Museum and Institute of Prehistory

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