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Magura Cave paintings, Bulgarian rock art

Sun figure

Situated in north-western Bulgaria, and managed by the Belogradchik municipality, the Magura cave (Пещера МАГУРА) is, with the Porto Badisco cave (south Italy), the most important European post-Palaeolithic painted cave. Hundreds of dark brown figures are diffused along an astonishing underground Art Gallery: hunting, dancing and mating scenes, bi-triangular female silhouettes, axes, solar symbols… a prehistoric iconographic treasure which definitely deserves a special attention. [Text and photogallery]

by Andrea ARCÀ

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CAA 2015, computer and rock art studies

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Call for papers

The Call for Papers for the 43rd International Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA 2015) is open. You may submit your abstract for the Session 3C, Computer and rock art studies: data collection,  interpretation and communication. Deadline november 20th 2014.




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The Felines of Foum Chenna, Morocco

Foum Chenna

Foum Chenna

Depictions of cats in rock all over the world art are frequently characterised by specific feline properties. The feline images at the petroglyph site of Foum Chenna in southern Morocco are much less idiosyncratic. Besides a general description of the rock art site of Foum Chenna, the current paper attempts at a re-evaluation of the image of the feline at Foum Chenna, simultaneously trying to fit the image into a chronology of Moroccan rock art.

by Maarten van Hoek


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Prehistory popularisation: a de profundis?

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Cave art

Two recently published  archaeology books, mainly or partially concerning cave art, show a set of inaccuracies which doesn’t seem acceptable, not only for a specialised scientific level, but also for an educational one. The lack of a review process performed by professional archaeologists demonstrates the weakness in Italy, and not only, of the archaeologist profession, particularly in the prehistoric and rock art fields.

by R.C. de Marinis

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The Motocachy Pampa Disaster, Peru

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Motocachy Pampa


The UNESCO’s World Heritage List now registers almost a thousand properties. Only two percent of the World Heritage List comprises rock art sites. Regrettably 44 of those properties are in danger, which proves that being on the World Heritage List is not a guarantee that nothing will endanger the site. I will focus the discussion mainly on rock art sites in the deserts of western Peru.

by Maarten van Hoek – rockart@home.nl



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Elephas antiquus depicted at Vermelhosa rock art?

Vermelhosa

Vermelhosa

Among the Vermelhosa Palaeolithic scratched figures, an elephant head stands out. Eighteen years after its publication, it’s time to recall the attention of Palaeolithic rock art scholars over this case: having been the Iberian peninsula the last European refuge of the straight-tusked elephant, are we facing an Elephas antiquus depiction?

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by Andrea Arcà

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Palaeolithic rock engravings at Vermelhosa

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Vermelhosa


SIMÕES DE ABREU M., ARCÀ A., FOSSATI F., JAFFE L., 1998. Palaeolithic rock engravings at Vermelhosa, Côa valley archaeological park, Portugal, in  UISPP – International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences, Proceedings of the XIII Congress, Volume 3, Forlì
| full text-image flip book and PDF | English.

by Mila SIMÕES DE ABREU, Andrea ARCÀ, Angelo FOSSATI, Ludwig JAFFE

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Le rupi scolpite delle Alpi Marittime (Issel 1901)

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Fontanalba picture

TRACCE free e-books


Issel A. 1901. Le rupi scolpite nelle alte valli delle Alpi Marittime, Bullettino di paletnologia italiana, s. III, t. VII, a. XXVII, n. 10-12, pp. 218-259.
| full text-image flip book and PDF (from TRACCE scan-OCR, public domain) | Italian

[editor’s note: the most detailed paper until that time on Mt. Bego’s engravings; Issel never recorded the engraved rocks, but attentively examined the literature and was in close and friendly contact with C. Bicknell]

by Arturo ISSEL

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Entre Mont Bego et Val Camonica

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Merveilles, le Sorcier

TRACCE open access papers

Arcà Andrea, 2011.
Entre Bego et Val Camonica: une clé pour mieux comprendre l’origine de l’art rupestre dans les Alpes, in BEPAA XXII, pp. 71-89.
| full text-image inline PDF | French

La comparaison entre ces deux sites est cruciale pour l’encadrement global de l’art rupestre alpin.

by Andrea Arcà

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Piero Barocelli, a rupestrian archeology pioneer

Piero Barocelli, archaeologist

Piero Barocelli’s work on Mt. Bego Petroglpyphs plays a highly original and markedly pioneering role for the Alpine and European rupestrian archaeology. Full text-image inline PDF available (TRACCE open access papers).

Gli studi di Piero Barocelli sui petroglifi del Monte Bego assumono per l’archeologia rupestre alpina ed europea una posizione fortemente originale e di marcato pionierismo. Disponibile la versione PDF integrale.

by Andrea Arcà

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Gavrinis, une approche multiscalaire

Gavrinis art

A multiscale approach: the workflow committed on the Gavrinis island cairn gathers archaeologists and archaeometrists, architects and surveyors, to acquire, handle and share information relative to a passage-tomb built at the beginning of the IVth millennium, one of the most famous of the European monumental heritage.

by S. Cassen, L. Lescop, V. Grimaud, G. Querré, B. Sune

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How do we recognise rock art?

Aboriginal engraving

This paper was stimulated by an on-line discussion with Andrea Arcà (Case example 4: figurative and non-figurative below) about a need for archaeologists to treat figurative and non-figurative rock art differently.

by John Clegg

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Dating and (up)dating Valcamonica rock art

Valcamonica chronology

Since the beginning the achievement of a correct chronological attribution has represented an important point of any rock art research. But since the beginning any chronological attribution has been subjected to the risk of being questioned, not accepted or simply updated. So rock art dating is often controversial…

by Andrea Arcà

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Grotte Chauvet Archaeologically Dated

Chauvet cave

TRACCE no. 12 – by Christian Züchner


The Grotte Chauvet was discovered at Christmas 1994. A beautiful picture book came out only a few months later (Chauvet et al. 1995). It has been the main source of our knowledge and discussion up to now.

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Rock Art in Russian Far East and in Siberia

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TRACCE no. 11 – by † Burchard Brentjes


Rock Art in Russian Far East and in Siberia. A bird’s eye view over a continent.
There are about half a million of petroglyphs known in Siberia and the Far East of Russia. Mobody knows up to now how many are still to be discovered

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The motif of the “Camunian Rose”

Camunian rose

TRACCE no. 10 – by Paola Farina


The motif of the “Camunian Rose” in the rock art of Valcamonica (Italy) part **.
In the past the scholars proposed some hypotheses about the meaning of the “Camunian rose”, engraved on several rocks in Valcamonica…
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Orientalizing motives in alpine rock art

Pazyryk horse

TRACCE no. 10 – by † Burchard Brentjes


Orientalizing motives in alpine rock art.
The rich ensemble of rock art in the Valle Camonica comprises several motives for which oriental parallels could be mentioned.
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Vermelhosa rock 1, palaeolithic figures

Elephant figure

TRACCE no. 5 – by Andrea Arcà


Palaeolithic figures in rock n. 1 of the Vermelhosa – Côa Valley area.
Rock n. 1 of the Vermelhosa Valley (Côa Valley area) lies at 180 m altitude, on the left orographic side of the Douro River, which is flowing few scores of meters below.. Read more

Vermelhosa Iron Age rock art

Duelling Iron Age scene

TRACCE no. 5 – by Angelo Fossati


The Iron Age in the Rock Art of Vermelhosa, Portugal.
Besides the figures attributable to the Palaeolithic times there are also petroglyphs that can be dated to the Iron Age (1st Millennium BC). These figures are engraved scratching the rock surface, sometimes with a stone, other times with a metal tool, as it is possible to note from the outlining. Read more

FB and rock art serendipity 1

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FB posts

On FB, amidst the continuous flow of links and pictures, faces and likes, new events and old news, something interesting suddenly appears.TRACCE FB social page shares this little or great bricks of knowledge. Here a listing of some of these sharings, periodically updated. As casual finds in archaeology, rock art serendipity may happen, and research synapses aroused, we hope!

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Reflecting (on) Petroglyphs: Two Cases

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Parque Diaguita

Two instances of special petroglyph manifestations in Namibia (Twyfelfontein Valley) and Peru (Virú Valley), having very limited visibility, will be discussed in this paper.
Dos casos de manifestaciones especiales de petroglifos en Namibia (Valle de Twyfelfontein) y Perú (Valle de Virú), que demuestran de tener una visibilidad muy limitada, serán discutidos en este documento.

by Maarten van Hoek


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TRACCE Online Rock Art Bulletin 33 – Nov 2014

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# 33 – Nov 2014

TRACCE Online Rock Art Bulletin 33

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edited by Le Orme dell’Uomo (Valcamonica – I)

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Arte rupestre australiana: conferenze

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Nourlangie

Spiritualità ed interpretazione della tradizione aborigena australiana, dalle origini al mondo contemporaneo. Due conferenze di Marisa GIORGI (Information Officer del Brisbane Queensland Museum) per presentare la spiritualità originale degli aborigeni e per capire perché abbiano un interesse per la protezione dell’arte rupestre in merito alla loro identità e all’interesse economico per il turismo.

- Venerdì 21 novembre 2014 ore 21
bibioteca Civica di Cerveno (Valcamonica)
- Venerdì 28 novembre 2014 ore 17
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Magura Cave paintings, Bulgarian rock art

Sun figure

Situated in north-western Bulgaria, and managed by the Belogradchik municipality, the Magura cave (Пещера МАГУРА) is, with the Porto Badisco cave (south Italy), the most important European post-Palaeolithic painted cave. Hundreds of dark brown figures are diffused along an astonishing underground Art Gallery: hunting, dancing and mating scenes, bi-triangular female silhouettes, axes, solar symbols… a prehistoric iconographic treasure which definitely deserves a special attention. [Text and photogallery]

by Andrea ARCÀ

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CAA 2015, computer and rock art studies

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Call for papers

The Call for Papers for the 43rd International Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA 2015) is open. You may submit your abstract for the Session 3C, Computer and rock art studies: data collection,  interpretation and communication. Deadline november 20th 2014.




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Magura cave photogallery

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Magura figure

The Bulgarian Magura cave is well known for its impressive prehistoric paintings, scattered along an astonishing and dreamy 240 m long underground diverticulum, for which its Art Gallery is really worth a visit. More than 750 darkish figures have been counted, made with bat guano, smeared or rubbed along the cave walls; on the curvy  shaped vaults and niches, white or yellowish “plastered” by the nature, we can recognise dancing, hunting, and mating scenes, and organise the figures into four thematic groups: anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, geometric, and symbolic signs. [Text and photogallery]

by AA

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Bulgarian rock art: the Madara rider

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Madara rider

The Madara rider is a unique monument of the ancient Bulgarian art. Its popularity is immense in Bulgaria and since 1979 it has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The high-relief depicts a rider on his stallion accompanied by a dog. A dead lion is carved under the horse and some inscriptions in Greek all around. The scene celebrates the founding of the Bulgarian state by the Khan Asparukh (680-700 AD). The Madara rider is the only European rock carved monument from the Early Middle Ages. [Text and photogallery]

by rupestre

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Saint Vincent, nuove incisioni rupestri preistoriche

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Ibex – stambecco

New important prehistoric rock carvings have been found by Eusebio Imperial of the S.Va.PA.– Société Valdôtaine de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie. Among them ibexes and fringed figures. Here a preliminary report by A.E. Fossati. Relazione di A.E. Fossati sulle nuove importanti incisioni rupestri preistoriche con stambecchi e figure frangiate scoperte in Valle d’Aosta.

by A. E. Fossati

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Bric Ercea, Finalese, petroglifi e manufatti litici

Bric Ercea

Bric Ercea

Il Bric Ercea è un rilievo posto a sud di Bric Pianarella, facilmente raggiungibile dalla località di Monticello e di San Bernardino, presso Finale Ligure.Viene descritto il sito con i reperti litici, i rapporti con vicine strutture di analogo significato, con riferimenti a possibili interessamenti archeologici ed archeoastronomici. Segue una discussione sulle ipotesi di datazione e di utilizzo dei ritrovamenti.

by A. Pirondini, G.P. Bocca, F. Pirondini,
C. Pirondini, C. Villa


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TRACCE Online Rock Art Bulletin 32 – May-Jul 2014

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# 32 – May-Jul 2014

TRACCE Online Rock Art Bulletin 32

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edited by Le Orme dell’Uomo (Valcamonica – I)

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The Felines of Foum Chenna, Morocco

Foum Chenna

Foum Chenna

Depictions of cats in rock all over the world art are frequently characterised by specific feline properties. The feline images at the petroglyph site of Foum Chenna in southern Morocco are much less idiosyncratic. Besides a general description of the rock art site of Foum Chenna, the current paper attempts at a re-evaluation of the image of the feline at Foum Chenna, simultaneously trying to fit the image into a chronology of Moroccan rock art.

by Maarten van Hoek


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Ricerca in Valcamonica, quale futuro?

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tracing rock art

Tavola rotonda tra ricercatori e rappresentanti delle Istituzioni sul futuro della ricerca in Valcamonica, arte rupestre e non solo, Breno 20 giugno 2014.  

Which future for the research in Valcamonica? June 20 2014, round table at Breno (Valcamonica, I), discussion among researchers and governmental representatives.

by Valcamonica rock art


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Le manifestazioni del sacro e l’età del Rame

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Bell beaker

The manifestations of the sacred and the Copper Age in the Alps and in the Po Valley, archaeological congress a Brescia (I), with emphasis on funerary rituals and rock art and statue stelae symbolism. Convegno archeologico 23 e 24 maggio 2014, Brescia, con approfondimenti sui rituali funerari che caratterizzano questo periodo e sul simbolismo dell’arte rupestre e delle statue-stele coeve. 

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Chiza, Interpreting Digitally Restored Petroglyphs

Chiza petroglyph

Chiza Petroglyphs

The goal of this paper is to offer the interested reader a digital restoration and interpretation of the images of a vandalized petroglyph boulder located in the Atacama Desert, northern Chile. Its damaged face underscores the urgent necessity to ([photo])graphic record rock art sites in general. It is hoped that very soon a complete survey will be made of the Chiza petroglyph site and that the official survey will be made available to rock art researchers.

by Maarten van Hoek

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2014 IFRAO Guiyang Congress

Yunnan rock art

Yunnan rock art

With the rapid economic development in China and the increasing influence of the Chinese culture, China is ready to be the new host of the IFRAO (International Federation of Rock Art Organisations) world Congress. Congress Date: July 16-18, 2014 (July 15 for registration). Congress Venue: Guiyang Pullman Hotel. Guizhou Province, located in the center of the Southwestern China, is rich in the resources of rock art and facilitates rock art investigation with its convenient transport.

by the organizing Committe Office

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Chenal: il riparo inciso – the engraved shelter

Chenal schelter

Chenal shelter

Una recente scoperta: le più antiche figure post-paleolitiche dell’arte rupestre alpina. A recent discovery: the most ancient post-palaeolithic figures of the alpine rock art. Venerdì 9 maggio 2014 ore 17.30 presentazione pubblica ad Aosta; Friday, May 9, 2014 5:30 p.m. public presentation at Aosta (I).

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by A. Arcà, D. Daudry, A. Fossati, F. Morello, L. Raiteri, L. Bornaz

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Valcamonica, Museo Nazionale della Preistoria

Mupre_logo150Sabato 10 maggio 2014 inaugurazione del MUPRE – Museo Nazionale della Preistoria a Capo di Ponte, che integra la musealizzazione del patrimonio iconografico della Valcamonica con quella dei contesti e dei reperti archeologici. Saturday, May 10, 2014 inauguration of MUPRE – National Museum of Prehistory in Capo di Ponte, which integrates the exhibit of the Valcamonica iconographic heritage with the archaeological contexts and findings

by MUPRE

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