|Rupe Magna, the
largest engraved rock in the Alps
With its 84 m length and 35 m width
Rupe Magna is surely the biggest engraved rock in the Alps. Its
surface is covered by 5454 figures: 83.8 % Iron Age, 8% Bronze
Age, 6.8% unidentified, 0.9% modern, 0.4% Chalcolithic.
The entire rock was traced by Footsteps of Man
Archaeological Cooperative. The work was conducted between 1990
and 1995, under the authority of the Archaeological Superintendency
of Lombardia, and ordered by the Park of Engraved Rocks of Grosio.
780 plastic sheets reproducing 342 square meters of engraved
surface were traced.
The park, gift of the last Visconti-Venosta countess
(owner of the land), represents a strong touristic attraction,
where Rock Art well matches with the two middle-age castles.
The engravings are best seen in the first afternoon.
Most of them represent anthropomorphic figures ("orants" and
warriors). We can find only 23 animals: horses, goats, wild boars.
Cup-marks are very numerous: many of them superimpose other figures,
representing in this way one of the latest phases (middle Iron
| Here we can
see the team of Fotsteps of Man and the summer-school participants.
Many of them are young and coming from abroad: England, USA,
An archaeological book was published in 1995: "Rupe
Magna - La roccia incisa più grande delle Alpi".
In this book all traced sectors have been reproduced. Here
it is possible to recognize each engraved figure of the Rupe
Some quartz stones have been found inside the cracks of
the rock. Most probably the figures were engraved with this kind of tool,
by direct pecking.
Tracing is not easy: one must well recognize each engraved
figure, each superimposition, distinguishing from natural and artificial
signs. Tracing work is conducted by transparency (over plastic sheets)
on direct (and very long and attentive) contact with the engraved surface.
Thanks to the Archaeological Superintendency of Lombardy
(Dott.ssa R. Poggiani Keller) and to the Park of Engraved Rocks of Grosio
(Dott. C. Rodolfi).
- Neolithic and first Copper
- Copper Age
- Bronze Age
- Iron Age
- Rupe Magna, the largest engraved
rock in the Alps
- Rupe Magna, chrono-thematic
Sentieri dell'arte rupestre
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