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New contribution to absolute dating of the monumental neolithic ditch-trench of Stretto-Partanna (Trapani, Sicily)

Trabajos de Prehistoria. 2017;73(2):315-324 DOI 10.3989/tp.2016.12176


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Journal Title: Trabajos de Prehistoria

ISSN: 0082-5638 (Print); 1988-3218 (Online)

Publisher: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

LCC Subject Category: Auxiliary sciences of history: Archaeology

Country of publisher: Spain

Language of fulltext: Spanish, French, English

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Rafael M. Martínez Sánchez (Dept. of Prehistory and Archaeology. University of Granada)

José Clemente Martín de la Cruz (Dept. of Geography and Territory Sciences. University of Cordoba)

Sebastiano Tusa (Soprintendenza del Mare)

José Luis Ubera Jiménez (Dept. of Botany, Ecology and Plant Physiology. University of Cordoba)

Assia Kysnu Ingoglia (Dept. of Geography and Territory Sciences. University of Cordoba)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 48 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

This article presents a decisive contribution to the absolute chronology of one of the most spectacular constructions of the Neolithic societies of the Central Mediterranean, the ditch-trench of Stretto di Partanna (Trapani, Sicily). This structure, excavated in a calcareous bedrock to a depth of 13 m was, according to some authors, part of a complex hydraulic system, where cultural and symbolic features could have played an important role. The five radiocarbon dates presented in this article correspond to the last 2 m of stratification and indicate that the ditch-trench began to be filled in the early centuries of the 5th millennium cal BC, between 4950 and 4800 cal BC. Consequently, we infer it was excavated and used immediately before this time.