Rock Drawings in Valcamonica


Rock Drawings in Valcamonica

Infobox World Heritage Site
WHS = Rock Drawings in Valcamonica


State Party = ITA
Type = Cultural
Criteria = iii, vi
ID = 94
Region = Europe and North America
Year = 1979
Session = 3rd
Link = http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/94

Val Camonica is a valley in the lower Alpine regions of Lombardy, between the province of Brescia and province of Bergamo, Italy. It is the upper valley of the river Oglio, upstream from Lake Iseo.

It is home to the greatest complex of rock drawings in Europe, with approximately 350,000 petroglyphs drawn by members of the Camunni tribe on hundreds of exposed rocks dating from about 8000 BC; cosmological, figurative, and cartographic motifs are featured, in some locations forming monumental hunting and ritual `scenes´. It includes also scenes of zoophilia.

The best-known drawings were first discovered in 1909 by Walter Laeng, a Brescian geographer. He announced his finding of two carvings on two boulders on the Pian del Greppe near Cemmo.

Since the 1950s, the imagery from thousands of rock surfaces has been `catalogued´, in a vast, on-going project of transcription and classification.

In 1979, UNESCO included these samples to its World-wide Patrimony listing of rock art, first site in Italy.

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Rock Drawings in Valcamonica, site UNESCO n° 94

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