Rock Art in the Valle Camonica

370b Hunting scene

                                            Hunting scene

It’s time for something different. We are off to the Camonica Valley to see the prehistoric rock carvings, some of them dating back to 6000 BC.

We visited the Naquane Rock Engravings National Park at Capo Di Ponte which is one of the cultural sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

There are hundreds of examples but many of them have been weathered over the centuries.

The most basic images are rudimentary human and animal figures.

969 b Man974 b Man with shield

998 b Men fighting997 b Man with headdress

Examples from the Bronze and Iron Age show scenes of hunting and village life.

972 b Hunting scene

371b Village with hunt

Other carvings feature village scenes with dwellings and grain stores.

361b Village scene

374b Buildings

The engravings were made on the surface of the purple-grey coloured Permian Sandstone which had been smoothed and shaped by glaciers. The engravings were executed by striking the rock surface with a hammer stone (percussion technique) or, less frequently, by making a groove with a pointed tool ( Linear engraving).

Most of the Naquane engravings date from the Neolithic (5th Millennium BC ) to the Iron Age ( 1st Millennium BC )

The practice was most common in the Iron Age when the valley was inhabited by the Cammuni people.

Many of the engravings are palimpsests where over a period of time the same surface has been reused and new engravings made over old ones.

The God Cernunnos.

6012 b Cernunnos

Rock 70 has what is probably the oldest depiction of the divinity known as Cernunnos. The God is shown standing dressed in a long tunic, with a head topped by deer antlers. He is holding a knife in his left hand and wearing an armilla on the same arm.

Later we visited the museum in Capo di Ponte where we saw some better examples of the engravings together with artefacts from the Iron and Bronze Age

376 Museum piece

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Back at the hotel I had arranged a private wine tasting with wine from the hotel cellars. There were just four of us and we enjoyed a local white and red wine.

Later we enjoyed another lovely meal . Our second course was seafood pasta. Suddenly Jean had a look of shock/horror, followed by amusement on her face.

389 Help, I've found a baby octapus

She had discovered a baby octopus! In fact she had eight in her dish. I had none but I did have lots of prawns. We did a swap – 2 baby octopus for 1 prawn. Seemed fair to me.Our main course was ‘fish from the lake’ accompanied by a bottle of C’a Brusade, our favourite Franciacorta white wine.

At 10.00 pm it was decision time. Do we walk the 1 km into town to have a coffee or do we have a drink in the hotel. it was an easy decision. It was comfy in the hotel.

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About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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One Response to Rock Art in the Valle Camonica

  1. Oh wow, this is so impressive. The carvings are so well maintained !

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