Academic journal article Rock Art Research

The 26th Valcamonica Symposium

Academic journal article Rock Art Research

The 26th Valcamonica Symposium

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The series of Valcamonica Symposia has been held since the 1970s in Capo di Ponte, a small town in the Camonica Valley of northern Italy. Nestled in its breathtaking alpine setting, Capo di Ponte has been host to over two dozen international meetings of rock art researchers from all over the world. The 2015 Symposium was held from 9 to 12 September 2015 under the title Prospects on prehistoric art research: 50 years since the founding of the Centro Camuno. Both the Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici and the Valcamonica have been founded by Emmanuel Anati and operated for most of half a century under his guidance. Although now retired from these responsibilities, the great man still takes an active interest in both of his initiatives, which have contributed so much to the promotion of rock art and its preservation. The Centro Camuno is now operating under the direction of an international scientific committee, comprising Ulf Bertilsson from Sweden, Mila Simões de Abreu from Portugal and a group of Italian scholars.

The 2015 Symposium was attended by about sixty participants and comprised six well-chosen session topics:

* Recording and data management techniques in rock art

* Rock art management and relations with the territory

* Archaeological context and rock art

* Updates on world rock art

* Changes in rock art dating methods

* Understanding rock art in the environmental context and in relation to territory

Presentations were dominated by Italian lectures, but there were also several interesting papers given in English. …

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