Sunday, April 4, 2010

Prehistoric Rock Drawings in Valcamonica

Running man, Capo di Ponte

The stone carvings of Val Camonica constitute one of the largest collections of prehistoric rock engravings, there are possibly 300,000 in Valcamonica, concentrated around the areas of Darfo Boario Terme, Capo di Ponte, Nadro, Cimbergo and Paspardo. So far I have visited the ones in Darfo Boario Terme, where I am staying, and the most famous at Capo di Ponte. They date from 10,000 years ago until until Iron Age (I millennium BC), with the former being the work of nomadic hunters, and the latter of an agricultural civilization which could work metal.

There 'graffiti' are a 'must see' in the region of Lombardy, World Heritage recognized by the Unesco in Italy (1979) they represent the first expression of art in Europe.

Women, Capo di Ponte

Deer, Capo di Ponte

Most of the graffiti are outdoors, but this ornate rock where in a little hut under glass, sorry, the photo is not very clear. Capo di Ponte.

Below: More hunting scenes, Capo di Ponte

Halberds, Darfo Boario Terme

When we got home we painted our Easter Eggs, and the theme was: 'i Camuni' (Camuni being the people who live in this Valley - Valcamonica, and also the ancient people who did these rock engravings thousands of years ago).

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. That's original egg pattern !
    Thank you for sharing, once more, this great prehistoric place Alessandra !
    Happy Easter !

  2. Fascinating. This must have been a wonderful holiday. I hope you had a grand weekend. Blessings...Mary

  3. I love your Easter eggs, Alessandra, and how you used the stone carvings of Val Camonica for inspiration.

  4. We all did the eggs, my children and even my brother, the little cousin (18 months) crushed his eggs with his hands, very funny! :-)

  5. I'm enjoying your blog(s). Thanks!

  6. Thanks red Umbrella, and welcome!

  7. Beautiful decoration on the eggs Alessandra.



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