New data for the early holocene in north-east Iberia : the faunal record at Cova del sSolà del Pep (l'Hospitalet de l'Infant, Tarragona, Spain)

  1. Esteban Álvarez Fernández
  2. Marián Cueto
  3. Didac Román
New trends in Iberian zooarchaeology

Publisher: Centro de Arqueología da Universidade de Lisboa

ISBN: 978-989-8068-39-2

Year of publication: 2022

Pages: 216

Type: Book chapter


The site of Cova del Solà del Pep is located in L’Hospitalet de l’Infant (Vandellós, Tarragona), 2 km from the modern coastline. It was excavated by Salvador Vilaseca in the 1930s, when four layers with post-palaeolithic archaeological materials were found. The archaeozoological remains from the second layer, where a “shell-midden” has been cited, are restudied here. Although marine shells (mainly top shells and mussels) are most abundant, mammal remains and lithic objects have also been documented. Shellsof terrestrial molluscs and sea urchin plates and spines have been found in smaller quantities. A radiocarbon determination on a Phorcus turbinatus shell indicates that the cave was occupied in the late Mesolithic, a period for which hardly any information is available in Catalonia.