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Italia    Valcamonica, Mappa di Bedolina (The Map of Bedolina) EuroPreArt - European Prehistoric Art

Italy map
Keywords: maps, topographies, superimpositions, anthropomorphs, lines
Institution: Cooperativa Archeologica Le Orme dell'Uomo (Footsteps of Man)  http://rupestre.net/orme
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Orme dell'Uomo - Footsteps of Man, Valcamonica - Italy
 
Location
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Country:

Italia

Locality:

Bedolina, Pescarzo

Region:

Lombardia

Area:

Valcamonica

 

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General view of the Bedolina Map (photo Fossati - Orme dell'Uomo 1996)
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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

Altitude:

530 m
Open-air   Shelter   Cave Portable   Megalithic

Geography:
The rock 1 of Bedolina, so called Bedolina Map, is on a prominent terrace in the right side of Valcamonica. The exposition of the rock is south-east. Around the slope the land is used for pasture and farmland.

Proximity:

Close to the path and to the way between Capo di Ponte and Pescarzo. Small alpine hut near.

Geology:

The rock is a flat surface of sandstone (Verrucano of Lombardy), polished by the Pleistocene glacier.

Surface:

Flat and convex rock of sandstone, polished by the glacier with a rectangular shape. There are some natural cracks on the surface.

Dimensions:
Length 9.00 m.  Width 4.30 m.

 

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Art        

Description:

Engravings   Paintings   Painted engravings   High or low-relief   Sculpture
Rock 1 of Bedolina, so called Bedolina Map, in the Capo di Ponte Municipality (BS-I), near the village of Pescarzo, locality name Bedolina. Engravings executed by percussion. Horizontal surface. Shape rectangular. Engravings are concentrated in the middle part of the rock (4,30m x 2,40m), oriented north-south, positioned near a cultivated area. Near the rock there are other surfaces with similar engravings of the same period. The surface is polished by the Pleistocene glacier. The engravings are mainly topographies (rectangles with lines and cup marks), but there are also warriors, few animals, huts and one camunnian rose.

Figures:
total number 109
35 rectangular figures, 57 warriors, animals and huts, 1 camunnian rose, 28 cup marks (some with circle around), some lines.

Chronology:

Palaeolithic   Epipalaeolithic - Mesolithic   Neolithic   Copper Age   Bronze Age   Iron Age   Roman   Middle Age   Modern   Unknown
Bronze Age phase III C-D and styles IV1-IV2 -IV3 and IV4 of Iron Age (1000 BC-200 BC)

Notes:

More info about Valcamonica and Alpine Rock Art at http://rupestre.net/alps.
 
Bibliography        





European total bibliography, by EuroPreArt partnersTotal (Europe)
Italia EuroPreArt general bibliography, by Cooperativa Archeologica Le Orme dell'Uomo (Footsteps of Man)General (country)
Specific Valcamonica, Mappa di Bedolina (The Map of Bedolina) bibliography, by Cooperativa Archeologica Le Orme dell'Uomo (Footsteps of Man)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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Conservation        

Status:

Public   Private   Park   Classified site

Risk:

Conservation:

Good   Quite good   Mediocre   Bad

Intervention:

Originally the engraved surface was covered by grass and soil, which were removed when discovered (1970). The rock has been completely recorded (contact tracing, grazing light pictures) by Cristina Turconi in 1996-1997 for her doctoral thesis (University of Study of Milan). Restored in the last year.

 

By          

Compiler:

E. Marchi 2001

Institution:

Cooperativa Archeologica Le Orme dell'Uomo (Footsteps of Man)  http://rupestre.net/orme
 
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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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