Valcamonica Archaeology-Rock Art Fieldwork

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Tracing Iron age rock art

Researches on the sites: surveys for finding new engraved rocks,  analysis of the damages of the rock surfaces and conservation problem, drawing of the engravings with permanent pens on plastic sheet, photographs ….

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Valcamonica Archaeology and Rock Art Fieldwork 2010


Paspardo, Valcamonica (Italy) – July 19 – August 9 2010

 

Naquane, Iron Age warrior

The Footsteps of Man Archaeological Cooperative Society is based in Valcamonica, an alpine valley comprised between the province of Bergamo and Brescia in Northern Italy, where rock art constitutes an archaeological, artistic, ethnographic and historical patrimony of inestimable value, not only for its antiquity but, above all, for the thematic and iconographic wealth.

The rupestrian tradition of Valcamonica consists of about three hundred thousands engraved figures mainly located in open air and on flat rocks. Valcamonica, Naquane, Iron Age warrior, tracing Iron Age warrior, tracing The art is distributed across five fundamental periods from Palaeolithic to the arrival of the Romans in the valley.

As an active rock art centre, member of IFRAO (International Federation of Rock Art Organizations), the Footsteps of Man organizes its annual archaeology fieldwork at Paspardo, one of the major area with engravings concentration, giving the opportunity to those interested (archaeologists and scholars, students and enthusiasts) to help the research and the study of the rock art of Valcamonica.

The project participants will: survey, excavate, clean, photograph, draw and catalogue the rocks engraved in three main sites at Paspardo, Valcamonica: Vite-Deria, Dos Costapeta, Dos Sulif.

Tracing Valcamonica rock art

The archaeological site is Paspardo and others areas in Valcamonica, where there are many engravings and situated in different places. The engravings are dated from the Neolithic to the Middle Age.

Paspardo – Valcamonica

The archaeological site is Paspardo and others areas in Valcamonica, where there are many engravings and situated in different places. The engravings are dated from the Neolithic to the Middle Age.

The project consists of different phases, some are made on the sites, some in the laboratory:

1) researches on the sites: surveys for finding new engraved rocks; analysis of the damages of the rock surfaces and conservation problems; drawing of the engravings with permanent pens on plastic sheets; photographs;

2) in laboratory: reduction of the drawings in scale size and catalogue of the engravings.

Tracing Valcamonica rock art

Participants usually come from different countries of the world, official languages are English and Italian. In Paspardo the accommodation is provided in houses with rooms, dormitories, showers and kitchen.

Who is interested in coming should stay for a session of seven days in minimum.

Program of a week session Tracing Valcamonica Rock Art:

  1. *1st day: Opening and welcome. Visit to the rock art sites of Paspardo.
    Evening: conference “What is rock art? Rock art in the Alps”
  2. 2nd day: Morning and afternoon: introduction to the work of documentation, tracing rock art figures.
    Evening: conference “How to study a rock: examples from Valcamonica and Valtellina”
  3. 3rd day: Morning and afternoon, research and documentation tracing and recording
    Evening free
  4. 4th day: Morning and afternoon: survey in rock art sites
    Evening: conference “How to date Rock Art?”
  5. 5th day: Morning and afternoon: research and documentation; tracing and recording.
    Evening free
  6. 6th day: Morning: guided visit to an Archaeological Museum and/or Rock Art sites.
    Afternoon: computer work (data and pictures). Evening conference: The management of rock art sites: the example of Valcamonica and Valtellina.
  7. 7th day: Morning free.
    Afternoon: collecting materials and closing session.
    Evening free.

This itinerary is only an example of a session of 7 day. The programs of the two weeks are different. The conferences (usually in English or with English translation) will be illustrated with the help of slides or Power point. The themes of conferences also will be diversified.

Note: more info on the specific Valcamonica fieldwork 2010 page


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