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L’arte rupestre di Böyük Daş in Gobustan, Azerbaijan

Böyük Daş

Böyük Daş

The Böyük Daş mountain is one of the three promontories included in the Natural Historical Artistic Reserve of Gobustan. With its terraced profile and big boulders scattered around the different terraces, it preserves thousands of engravings with a very long chronology. Its rock art includes several figurative categories: zoomorph, anthropomorph, boat, symbol. Here is presented a brief guide to visit the Böyük Daş hill, in Gobustan Rock Art Reserve.

Il monte di Böyük Daş è uno dei tre promontori inclusi nella Riserva Naturale Storico-Artistica di Gobustan, Con il uso profilo terrazzato e una serie di grossi massi sparsi lungo le sue terrazze, conserva migliaia di figure incise di cronologia molto ampia e appartenenti a varie categorie figurative: zoomorfi, antropomorfi, imbarcazioni, simboli. Ecco una breve guida per visitare l’area di Böyük Daş, all’interno della Riserva di Arte Rupestre di Gobustan.

by Dario SIGARI [i]

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Spanish rock-art documentation, the ARAM project

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ARAM project

[CAA 2015 – session 3C abstract]

In the latest three years, we have applied our own documentation methodology over 45 rock-art shelters from different regions of Spain. We developed a register system that combines the data acquired by 3D scanning technology, photogrammetry, high-resolution spherical images …

by Jorge ANGAS, Manuel BEA


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Photogrammetric techniques at Campo Lameiro, Galicia

Campo Lameiro

Campo Lameiro

[CAA 2015 – session 3C abstract]

We propose photogrammetry as a technique that allow us to create a 3D model, oriented to reduce the different problems of subjectivity that are present in the old systems of registry, and furthermore to study the rock surface without touching it…

by Benito VILAS, Alia VÁZQUEZ, Miguel CARRERO




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Chauvet-Pont d’Arc cave, grand opening!

Lion head

Lion head

After only 30 months of work, the opening of the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc cave to the public is scheduled for Saturday 25 April 2015: don’t miss it! It’s the largest cave replica ever built worldwide, ten times bigger than the Lascaux facsimile. All geological and archaeological features, such as paintings and engravings, are reproduced full-size in an underground environment identical to the original one. Visitors’ senses will be stimulated by the same sensations of silence, obscurity, temperature, humidity and acoustics, carefully reproduced.

by Andrea Arcà

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Podomorfos, footprints, pediformi, pédiformes

Pisselerand

Maurienne: Pisselerand,
Pierre aux Pieds

Here is integrally reported a long FB photographic thread started by Ángel L. Mayoral Castillo on June 2011. It is completely devoted to footprints; no matter about their chronological or geographical origin. You may intend it as a little bit casual, or, better, serendipitous, like some (few? many?) FB posts. Anyway it seems useful to share it, to get some starting points: an intriguing subject, surely not a secondary one concerning some aspects of rock art interpretation.

by FB thread (A.L.M.C.)


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Chenal shelter, six thousand years of iconography

Chenal shelter

Chenal shelter

The oldest post-Palaeolithic engravings of the Alps, 5th millennium BC, reveal many contact points with the ancient megalithic art of Brittany. We publish here the complete paper related to the Montjovet-Chenal shelter, Aosta valley; Italian version, with short English abstract and all-sectors tracings. Full text-image searchable flip book (Flash plugin needed). The low-res PDF is also available.

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

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Valcamonica Symposium 2015

Valcamonica Symposium 2015

Valcamonica Symp. 2015

The new scientific committee of the CCSP presents the 2015 Valcamonica symposium, the  international meeting among rock-art scholars and researchers, which will be held on September 9-12 2015 at Capo di Ponte (Valcamonica, Italy). Attention is drawn over archaeological contexts, research updates, documentation techniques, dating methods, environmental context and rock art management. Deadline for abstracts: 15 March 2015; deadline for completed papers: 30 May 2015.

by CCSP scientific committee

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La Grotte Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc (EuroPreArt)

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Rhinocéros

[la fiche de EuroPreArt, 2002] La grotte fut découverte le 18 décembre 1994 par trois spéléologues (J.M. Chauvet, E. Brunel-Deschamps, C. Hillaire), et immédiatement authentifiée par les spécialistes (visite de J. Clottes 10 jours après la découverte). La grotte n’a pas connu de visites humaines entre le Paléolithique et sa redécouverte en 1994, ce qui a permis une excellente préservation des ouvres pariétales mais aussi de tout le contexte archéologique.

by Laurence Remacle, Université de Liège

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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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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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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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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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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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Testimonianze megalitiche presso lo Sparossino

spaross150Gli Autori, in seguito a recenti sopralluoghi sul crinale montuoso che, da Nord a Sud, separa la Val Pora (ad Est) e la Val Maremola (ad Ovest), hanno potuto osservare la presenza di strutture litiche che potrebbero rivelarsi di grande interesse archeologico ed archeoastronomico.

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


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Il Finalese: commerci e cultura megalitica nella preistoria

Ciappo Pianarella

Ciappo Pianarella

Gli Autori, in seguito alla disamina di studi internazionali ed alle recenti osservazioni personali sull’argomento in esame, analizzano l’importanza della zona di Finale Ligure (Provincia di Savona, Liguria Occidentale, Italia), quale crocevia di culture e commerci fra aree distanti del Mediterraneo, dell’Italia e dell’Europa Transalpina durante la Preistoria.

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

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Megalitismo in Val Ceresio

pir_ceresio150Gli Autori descrivono i reperti megalitici, il loro orientamento con le possibili correlazioni archeoastronomiche che potrebbero indicare una frequentazione pre e/o protostorica dei luoghi descritti. Segue un’analisi delle possibili prospettive di ricerca.

by A. Pirondini, G.P. Bocca, F. Pirondini* e C. Pirondini*




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