Prehistoric hunter-gatherers in Istria and adjacent regions: Patterns of Late Pleistocene lifestyle and mobility (PREHISTRIA)

With this project we hope to get a better and more detailed insight into behavioural aspects of the Upper Palaeolithic inhabitants of Istria; get a possibility to compare these aspects and adaptations in both temporal (chronological) and spatial (geographic) dimensions; and to disseminate results of the research and thus create a good basis for further comparative studies on the Upper Palaeolithic in a wider geographical region, and to raise public awareness of the importance of local archaeological heritage.

Our plan is fieldwork at two sites that yielded evidence of human occupation during the Upper Palaeolithic (Abri Kontija 002, and Ljubićeva pećina in Istria), and detailed analysis of finds from the excavations, and from several additional sites in Istria (Romualdova pećina, Pupićina peć, and Šandalja II) and relevant sites in Italy (Grotta del Broion, Riparo Broion, Grotta Paina, Grotta Fiumane, Grotta Rio Secco, Ponte di Pietra, Grotta Trene, and Riparo Tagliente).