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The town of Acquedolci

Tourism in Acquedolci

The San Teodoro Grotto

The San Teodoro Grotto is one of bases for knowledge of the early Palaeolithic in the Mediterranean.

It opens on the side of a high calcareous rock, the Pizzo Castellaro which belongs to extreme northern slopes of a massif made of carbonate of Mesozoic period, the Mount San Fratello.

The San Teodoro Grotto came on the scene thanks to palaethnologic and palaeontologic studies in 1859.

Later several researches were made till to get in 1940 to findings of the five graves under a stratum of ground ochre.

These graves, which are the first of the early Palaeolitic found in Sicily, have given very important data for knowledge of the physical and ethnical typology of most ancient inhabitants of the island.

The San Teodoro Grotto
Photo © Edas
The San Teodoro Grotto
Photo © Edas

Scholars' interest is given above all to the presence of several osteological ruins of quartenary fauna (Elephas mnaidriensisi, Cervus elaphus, Hyaena spelea, Equus Asinus Hydruntinus), preceding the appearance of man in these areas.

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