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Keywords: Remedello, dagger, red painting, vessel, superimposition
Institution: Gruppo Ricerche Cultura Montana
Gruppo Ricerche Cultura Montana - Italy
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Ubaye valley, St. Paul - see original record (ask compiler - institution)


Hautes Alpes


Haute Vallée de l'Ubaye


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Ubaye, La Roche des Poignards, the high mountain environment (photo A. Arcà - GRCM 1994)
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Copyright. No commercial use of EuroPreArt content is allowed. Specific © for pictures and drawings is mentioned in the captions or owned by each Author or Institution.
Disclaim. The EuroPreArt project fully endorses the most recent documentation policies. It must be outlined the absolute forbidding of any disruptive method and the necessity of a total respect for archaeological sites. It is also to be noticed that no substances shall be applied to rock art for recording purposes. Some pictures of the EuroPreArt records are related to past recording techniques and may not fully match these policies. They are an historical documentation. Please refer to local archaeological official authorities for any recording purpose. Please take a look also over EuroPreArt guidelines.
Environment & Surface


2430 m
Open-air   Shelter   Cave Portable   Megalithic

Rocky shelter on a high mountain south-west exposed slope, pasture, over the vegetation limit of the wood, along the way connecting to the Longet pass, joining the Ubaye French Valley to the Italian Valle Varaita.


Stone-walls, abandoned stone-walls house


calcschist, marble


flat, vertical, patinated

Length 7.00 m.  Width 1.50 m.


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Engravings   Paintings   Painted engravings   High or low-relief   Sculpture
One of the most important panels of the entire western Alps, with an exceptional chronological range, from Neolithic to Modern period. The red paintings, which could recall some vegetal elements (or deer horns?), are superimposed the by Copper Age daggers.

5 red-painted stick with branches, 4 Remedello kind daggers, 1 great anthropomorphic male figure with open arms, 1 scratched warrior with triangular blade spear, various scratchings, a "ILO" writing, 1 scratched vessel, 1 horse, a "1620 or 1627" dating, writings.


Palaeolithic   Epipalaeolithic - Mesolithic   Neolithic   Copper Age   Bronze Age   Iron Age   Roman   Middle Age   Modern   Unknown
The four daggers with half-moon shaped handle clearly recall the Remedello kind ones of Valcamonica (2700-2400 BC). As the red paintings are overlapped by the daggers, they are probably Neolithic. The great anthropomorphic figure could take part of the same phase of the daggers. The scratched warrior clearly recalls similar Iron Age figures. Writings and other figures start from the middle age till the modern period.


The shelter was utilised also in recent times by hunters. The underlying plane bottom of the valley, rich of water, was utilised by shepherds till some decades ago. The Remedellian kind daggers could testify the importance of this mountain way, which evidently connected the French side to the Italian one through the Longet pass already in ancient periods. The "crowding" of figures of different periods clearly confirm how the site was attended.

European total bibliography, by EuroPreArt partnersTotal (Europe)
France EuroPreArt general bibliography, by Gruppo Ricerche Cultura MontanaGeneral (country)
Specific Ubaye - La roche des Poignards bibliography, by Gruppo Ricerche Cultura MontanaSpecific (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
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On the surface a cast was executed, unfortunately even in the painted part. Traces and drops of synthetic resins covers both the engravings and the paintings. The itinerary is described in a book, and could represent a risk for the integrity of the engravings and of the paintings. The surface is naturally protected from rain and snow.


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The panel has been recorded (International western Alps rock art record), traced (contact tracing in the main part) and photographed (normal light and grazing light colour slides). Digital PhotoShop enhancement of the pictures.




Andrea Arcà


Gruppo Ricerche Cultura Montana
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EuroPreArt, European Prehistoric Art, is a web-based archaeological project funded by the European Union which aims to establish a lasting data-base of European prehistoric art documentation, to launch the base of an European institutional network and to contribute to the awareness of the diversity and richness of European Prehistoric Art.
It is proposed by: Instituto Politécnico de Tomar (IPT, Portugal), CUEBC - European University Centre for Cultural Heritage (Italy - Europe), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (España), Asociación Cultural Colectivo Barbaón (España), Université de Liège (Belgique), Gotland University College (Sverige), University College Dublin (Eire), Cooperativa Archeologica Le Orme dell'Uomo (Italia), Study Centre and Museum of Prehistoric Art of Pinerolo (Italia), The European Centre for Prehistoric Research in the Alto Ribatejo (Portugal), ArqueoJovem - a youth NGO (Portugal).
Instituto Politécnico de Tomar - Portugal CUEBC - European University Centre for Cultural Heritage, Ravello - Italy CSIC - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid - Spain Orme dell'Uomo - Footsteps of Man, Valcamonica - Italy Asociación Cultural Colectivo Barbaón, Extremadura -Spain Liège University - Belgium Gotland University - Sweden University College Dublin - Ireland CeSMAP - Centro Studi e Museo d'Arte Preistorica. Pinerolo, Italy Arqueo Jovem

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