The local cliffs and mountains are made of limestone which natural erosion has hollowed out to form caves.The Stadel cave is one of three caves in which important paleontological finds have occurred.
And those tombs did not belong to the Franciscans, but to other people.For examples of Upper Paleolithic sculpture found over the border in Austria, see: the Venus of Galgenberg (also known as the Stratzing Figurine) (c.30,000 BCE), and the Venus of Willendorf (25,000 BCE).Pieces of the sculpture were found in 1939 by archaeologist Robert Wetzel, in a cave called Stadel-Hohle, in the Lone Valley of the Swabian Alps.This has led archeologists to speculate that the lion-figure had a totemic role for the inhabitants of the early Upper Paleolithic.The original carving is now kept in the Ulmer Museum, Ulm, pending the establishment of a new museum of ancient art.As soon as the search operation to uncover all the body remains is complete, they will all be transferred to the Department of Cultural Heritage at the University of Bologna.
After that we plan to conduct carbon dating tests on the remains, which would establish the burial dates.
This sophistication - supported by key anatomical finds, such as the so called Egbert skeleton of Ksar Akil - has prompted archeologists to regard Aurignacian humans as the first modern humans in Europe.
A group of Italian scientists led by the famous art researcher Silvano Vinceti have discovered the remains of a skeleton that most likely belonged to Lisa Gherardini.
Put aside and forgotten for three decades, due to the outbreak and aftermath of World War II, the fragments were rediscovered and partly reassembled in 1969, by Professor Joachim Hahn from the University of Tubingen.
This initial effort produced a humanoid figurine without a head.
At present, we have succeeded in discovering four underground tombs in which we found fragments of two bodies.