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Addaura Cave – The story of a fortuitous find

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The discovery of the graffiti decorating the walls of the Addaura Cave is recent and entirely accidental. The three caves that make up the complex had already been studied by palaeontologists as the skeleton of a dwarf elephant had been found in them. It was after the landings in Sicily and the arrival in Palermo in 1943 that the Allies, in search of a suitable site, had destined the caves for the storage of ammunition and explosives. The accidental explosion of the arsenal in the main cave caused a diaphragm of encrustation to crumble and collapse, bringing to light graffiti that had hitherto been covered by the patina of time.

Addaura Cave – The story of a fortuitous find

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