Valcamonica Rock Art Field School and Fieldwork 2020
- This project is examining the following period[s] : Neolithic-Iron Age
The Footsteps of Man Archaeological Cooperative Society is based in Valcamonica, an Alpine valley in Northern Italy, where rock art constitutes an archaeological, artistic, ethnographic and historical patrimony of inestimable value (today incorporated onto the UNESCO World Heritage List).
In collaboration with the Catholic University of Brescia, the Footsteps of Man Archaeological Cooperative Society organizes its annual Valcamonica Rock Art & Archaeology Field School in Paspardo, one of the principal area where engravings are concentrated. This area provides great opportunity to those interested (archaeologists and scholars, students and enthusiasts) in assisting in the research and learning how to study and record rock art. The project participants will learn how to survey, clean, photograph, draw and catalogue the rock engravings at sites around Paspardo, including Vite-Deria, Le Scale, Castello, ‘al de Fuos, La ‘it.
During the field season, visits to the major rock art parks and museums in Valcamonica will be organized.
The project consists of different phases both at the sites and in the laboratory:
· Site research: surveys for finding new engraved rocks; analysis of the rock art conservation; cleaning; contact tracing (drawing of the art with permanent pens on plastic sheets); 3D models; DStretch analysis; photographs and GPS use;
· Laboratory work: scale reductions of the drawings; cataloguing the engravings;
lessons and conferences on Valcamonica and alpine rock art as well on other areas of the world; lessons on proto historic numismatic and the drawing of archaeological objects.
Participants will learn how to work with rock art: they will study how to address conservation challenges; they will be able to record and draw rock engravings; they will learn how to highlight rock art to better record and photograph them; they will obtain a good general understanding of the rock art in Valcamonica and the Alpine area.
Participants usually come from different countries around the world, official languages are English and Italian. Portugues, Spanish and French are also sometimes used. In Paspardo accommodation is provided in house with common rooms, dormitories (from 8 to 4 beds in each room), shared bathrooms and showers and a kitchen.
Things to bring: work clothes, work gloves, sneakers and trekking shoes, light sleeping bag, bath towel, sunscreen, insect repellent, sun hat and sun glasses. Paspardo is at 1000 m on the sea level so a jumper and a k-way can be sometimes useful.
Please make sure you have travel insurance against illness and injury and, if possible, please have an anti-tetanus vaccination.
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- Director/ Project Organiser: Prof. Angelo Eugenio FOSSATI
- Organisation or Institution: Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Brescia & Foosteps Of Man Archaeological Cooperative Society
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