The central problem in (middle) Bronze
Age Rock Art is the so-called "orant" (praying man) figure.
Thus believed Neolithic in Anati's interpretation, we can find
many elements making a Bronze Age attribution more suitable.
All engraved surfaces showing "orants" salso
how Iron Age figures (mostly warriors).
No such figures were found
superimposed by Copper Age engravings.
And also, like in the Rupe
Magna, many "orants" have been engraved in the
same positions of armed figures.
In this case we can see an anthropomorphic
figure (sector B) with raised arms engraved on the Rupe Magna
(Grosio). It represents a female, with three circular dots
as breasts and female sex. We can find female figures (women,
looms) only in Bronze Age. No one in Iron Age.
| The most
famous figures of the Rupe Magna were called by Davide Pace (the
"oranti saltici" (jumping praying figures).
We can find (sector JA) six schematic male
figures, paired two by two. They are of uncommon dimensions,
being 80 cm long. They show orthogonal raised arms, with
a circle in one hand and an engraved line in the other. These
objects have been respectively interpreted as a round shield
and as a stick or a little sword.
So the entire scene seems to show a dance with weapons.
Also in Valcamonica (rock 35 of Naquane) we can find some big figures
of armed schematic anthropomorphs.
- Neolithic and first Copper
- Copper Age
- Bronze Age
- Iron Age
- Rupe Magna, the largest engraved
rock in the Alps
- Rupe Magna, chrono-thematic
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