I often see rock art explained as religious icons or magic. It often seems that it may just be an artist depicting scenes of daily life as it was then. Things like the Labyrinth and what I labeled the "Glyphs" could just be abstract art, while the village scene might have a title like "Autumn in """"" (insert village name).The running man may be a...more
As you can see in the photos the art follows an enormous range of figures and icons ranging from humanoid figures to a "spade".You can imagine the people sitting down to record their history, their achievements or even like the rider, their everyday activities, on these rocks, a sort of "granite memory" the "disk on rock" instead of the silicon we...more
The park is well laid out and has comfortable paths leading to the main rock art. There are numerous signs explaining the findings and what you see. At the entrance where you pay your entrance fee, they give you a map which marks out the various rocks that are numbered.Various information...more
Valcamonica is a north-south oriented valley, 80 km long, in the Lombards Alps, north of Brescia and Iseo Lake, almost two hours by car from Milan. The name got its origin from a pre-indoeuropean people named Camunni, conquered by Rome in 16 BC. The engraved zone (40 km long) corresponds to the lower part of middle valley, between the peaks of...more
This is the sign that explains the park and what it has to offer. It's located near the entrance.The park has coloured trails, i.e. an occasional sign here and there that, accompanied by a map, may let you find your way.Personally, as regular readers will have already guessed, I got lost a few times and still have no idea where some of the tracks...more
....it's definitely a horse. Even I recognized this one! At times there are strange shapes but many of the carvings are of people, animals and buildings, assuming the triangular-roofed squares are representations of houses. The park is staffed mainly by volunteers, one of whom assailed me in Italian for about ten minutes when I asked her directions...more
There is a small display house in the middle of the park called the Antiquarium. It houses (and preserves) some of the best pieces and also has a mock-up of people actually carving the rock in period costume.There is no extra charge to view it.The particular piece shown here has over 120 figures on it.more
The national archeological park of rupestrian inscriptions of Naquane at Capo di Ponte (in Lombardia, Italy) offers one of the most important manifestations of rupestrian art in the world; the engraved figures in this area haven't been completely counted in a census, but their number is estimated to be in the range of ten thousands. The...more
Driving along route 42 you reach Capo di Ponte. Once in the centre of the village in Piazza Roma you keep driving towards Cemmo - Pescarzo though there are signs indicating the whereabouts of the archeological park. After about 1 km you arrive in Seradina, an area where you can admire the most ancient engraved stones belonging to the iron age,...more
This symbol represents a real mystery: in fact it appears in very different places and times. From areas as far apart as Sweden, America, India and Egypt its form has shown up from ancient times.Its meaning is a mystery though some researchers believe that it is a "ritual course", confining it to the religious-mystic field. Others say it may...more
As I was saying we arrived in Capo di Ponte on route to Naquane, the antiquarian park nearby and one of the things that we found was an abundance of mushrooms.
Some might be edible and some are great for NOT eating.
1) the RED one screams "Go ahead EAT ME if you dare".
2) the WHITE one says "You may think you recognize me, but are you SURE"?
3) the REDDISH-BROWN ones are good stepping stones into the tree.
4) the BEIGE conical ones look like elves caps.
5) the BROWNISH ones are rock hard almost like building blocks from nature.
If anyone can give me specific types will be happy to get the identify question settled.