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Name      
Italia    Valsusa - Roccia Uno

Italy map
Keywords: cup marks, footprint, channel
Institution: Gruppo Ricerche Cultura Montana  http://www.rupestre.net/archiv/intro3.htm
Original
record
by
Gruppo Ricerche Cultura Montana - Italy
 
Location

Country:

Italia

Locality:

Rivoli, Monsagnasco

Region:

Piemonte

Area:

Valsusa

 

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Monsagnasco, Roccia Uno, the cup-marked stone and the surrounding wood (photo A. Arcą 1988)
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Monsagnasco, Roccia Uno, a closer view of the cup-marked stone (photo A. Arcą 1988)


 
Environment & Surface

Altitude:

404 m
Open-air   Shelter   Cave Portable   Megalithic

Geography:
Morainic hilly amphitheatre, ridge, chestnuts wood

Proximity:

Path

Geology:

Micaschist, quartz. The boulder was transported there by the glacier.

Surface:

Flat, irregular, from 10° to 40° of inclination

Dimensions:
Length 1.90 m.  Width 0.90 m.

 

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Monsagnasco, Roccia Uno, the original drawing of the discoverer, G. Piolti (drawing G. Piolti 1881)
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Monsagnasco, Roccia Uno, the first GRCM tracing (tracing GRCM 1976)
 
Art        

Description:

Engravings   Paintings   Painted engravings   High or low-relief   Sculpture
The surface shows a large concentrations of cup-marks, which are regular, of middle size (max 9 cm large) and polished. The footprint-like basin is 37 cm long, 15 cm large and 4 cm deep. Channels reach the basin or the external limit

Figures:
total number 66
61 cup-marks, 1 footprint like figure, 4 channels

Chronology:

Palaeolithic   Epipalaeolithic - Mesolithic   Neolithic   Copper Age   Bronze Age   Iron Age   Roman   Middle Age   Modern   Unknown
The dating of the cup-marked stone has always been controversial. Various elements anyway make probable an Iron Age dating for the similar Alpine cup-marks, as an iron tool is needed for deep and vertical- wall engravings. The study of the superimpositions in the Rupe Magna (Valtellina - I), where cup-marks cover some warriors figures, clarify an Iron Age dating, also confirmed by the Susa (I) cup-marks, executed over a rock cut with an iron pick and overlapped by a Roman building. In this case the footprint-like basin recalls the middle Iron Age footprints of Valcamonica and the first Iron Age burial slab of Sesto Calende, engraved with cup-marks and footprints.

Notes:

The rock was the first cup-marked stone ever discovered in Piedmont, and probably in Italy, in 1881 by G. Piolti, who was studying the morainic area for geologic surveys. He dug all around the stone only finding a "great amount of quartz stones".
 
Bibliography        





European total bibliography, by EuroPreArt partnersTotal (Europe)
Italia EuroPreArt general bibliography, by <a href=Gruppo Ricerche Cultura Montana" hspace=18 align="middle">General (country)
Gruppo Ricerche Cultura Montana">Specific Valsusa  - Roccia Uno bibliography, by <a href=Gruppo Ricerche Cultura Montana" hspace=8 align="middle">Specific (site)
Rock Art Studies: A Bibliographic worldwide Database (external link). Compiled by Leigh Marymor. Copyright (C) 2001-2002 by the Library, University of California, Berkeley Bibliographic
Rock Art
Database

 

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Monsagnasco, Roccia Uno, educational workshop with middle school classes (Turin Municipality Caleidoscopio project, http://www.comune.torino.it/servizi-educativi/rupestre2/modigliani/index1.html, photo A. Arcą 2001)
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Monsagnasco, Roccia Uno, educational workshop with elementary school classes, a kid's drawing (Turin Municipality Caleidoscopio project, http://www.comune.torino.it/servizi-educativi/rupestre2/baricco/index1.html, drawing by Giuseppino 2001)
 
Conservation        

Status:

Public   Private   Park   Classified site

Risk:

The rock is safe still the wood is preserved.

Conservation:

Good   Quite good   Mediocre   Bad

Intervention:

The rock has been completely recorded (International western Alps rock art record) and traced (contact tracing). See record in the Online Archive project at: http://www.rupestre.net/archiv/ar1.htm . An educational workshop has been conducted based upon the engraved rocks of the Monsagnasco hill: More info (Italian version) at http://rupestre.net/archiv and http://rupestre.net/alps.documentation online at http://www.comune.torino.it/servizi-educativi/rupestre2/modigliani/index1.html (middle school) and http://www.comune.torino.it/servizi-educativi/rupestre2/baricco/index1.html .

 

By          

Compiler:

Andrea Arcą

Institution:

Gruppo Ricerche Cultura Montana  http://www.rupestre.net/archiv/intro3.htm
 
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