The present paper submits the study of a potsherds sample collected during the Grotte di Pertosa-Auletta (SA) 2013 research campaign. The survey was carried out in the temporarily drained riverbed area of the “antegrotta”: the nearest sector to the entrance of the cave, where traces of a Bronze age pile-dwelling have been found. The high grade of fragmentation of the pottery assemblage and the lack of stratigraphic data makes the interpretation of the ndings more complex. Therefore a comparison between our sample and the ceramics from the Carucci Collection, kept in the Museo Preistorico ed Etnogra co Luigi Pigorini in Rome, has been made. On the one hand this allowed us to make a comparison with a very well- preserved sample although belonging to a late XIX selection, as it often happens for historical collections. On the other hand the 2013 sample represents an excellent specimen to carry out GC-MS analyses, performed by the Laboratorio di Spettrometria di Massa Analitica e Isotopica of the Università del Salento. These analyses provided early data concerning the function of the pottery items and shed new light on the use of the cave during the Bronze Age.
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