Mystery Type: Artefact
Mystery Name: Rock scorings of Valcamonica
Place Name: Valcamonica
The rock formations of the Valcamonica (also Val Camonica) in Valcamonica in the north of Italy are the worlds largest prehistoric petroglyphs. The rock scrawls are spread over a stretch of 25 kilometers along the valley and lie at altitudes between 20 and 1400 meters above sea level. The oldest petroglyphs, such as those in the municipality of Dafo Boario Terme, contain depictions of giant animals, which point to an archaic civilization of the Old and Middle Age, whose everyday life was characterized by hunting. The depictions of human beings as well as geometric figures from the Neolithic period, such as those in the nature reserve of Ceto, Cimbergo and Paspardo, point to the spread of the first agricultural traditions. From the same time, we also find first religious representations.
The Valcamonica (also Val Camonica, Romansh audio file / audio sample Val Chamuongia? / I) is a 70 km long valley in Lombardy in the province of Brescia between the Tonale Pass and Lake Iseo (Italy).Valcamonica, situated in the mountainous area of the Lombardy region, has one of the world’s greatest collections of prehistoric petroglyphs – more than 140,000 symbols and figures carved in the rock over a period of more than 8,000 years. Found on both sides of an entire valley, the petroglyphs depict themes connected to agriculture, deer hunting, duels, as well as geometric-symbolic figures.
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Age Dating: > 12.000 BC
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This mystery has been reported by Goran Kovac on 04/21/2017
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