Recording Rock-Art Fieldwork 2016

In the wonderful framework of the Landmarks Valley, recognized as UNESCO heritage since 1979, the Centro Camuno of Studi Preistorici organize the annual recording rock-art fieldwork aims at the completion and integration of the documentation of the rock art in the middle Valcamonica.

Following the previous recording rock.art fieldworks, also this year the works will continue in the area of Foppe di Nadro – Riserva naturale incisioni rupestri di Ceto, Cimbergo e Paspardo (Rock engravings Natural Reserve of Ceto, Cimbergo e Paspardo) (Valcamonica – Italy) (on the concession of the Soprintendenza Archeologia della Lombardia). The Recording Rock-Art Fieldwork aimed at the complete documentation of the rock art and environment in which is inserted.

The fieldwork will follow this methodology and the participant can work in one or more of the following activities:

  • Identification of the rocks within the archaeological authorization and preparation of the rocky surfaces.
  • Placing of the tracing sheets in nylon and recording.
  • Recording with total station and georeferencing of the rocks.
  • Archaeological photography of the engraved rocks.
  • 3D recordings of rocks and engravings (Structure from Motion).
  • Digitization of the tracings, processing and recomposition with computer in laboratory.
  • Catalogue, analysis and comparisons with archaeological sources.
  • Post-processing of the data gathered.

Period: 18-31 July
Available places: 15
Requirements: The fieldwork is addresses to everyone, priority will be given to students and graduates in archaeology or anthropology (or related fields) and with experiences in rock-art recording.
Deadline: curriculm and participation form has to be send by June 2016 torecording.rockart@ccsp.it
Cost: The participation fee to the Fieldwork will be 100 € plus the inscription to Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici (40 €).
Lodging in Valcamonica: The lodging is at the “Guest house” of the Natural Reserve in Nadro with an agreed upon price of 10 € per night. The guest-house has a kitchen.

AT THE END OF THE FIELDWORK WILL BE GIVEN A PARTICIPATION CERTIFICATE TO OBTAIN CREDITS FOR THE UNIVERSITY

III International Congress Santuarios

The third edition of the International Congress “Santuarios” will be held in Valcamonica, the Landmarks Valley.

Valcamonica is one of those rare places in the world that narrates a long story rooted in spirituality. Its treasures include a rich collection of rock-art that has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage. The might of Roman domination was followed by a complex sequence of events accompanying the conversion to Christianity in the Alps. Its legacy includes countless churches, chapels, shrines and cult places.

The meeting sets out to challenge all the diverse dimensions of the relationship between culture, environment and man. Thus, an invitation to participate is extended to anthropologists, archaeologists, architects, artists, performers, biologists, conservators, restorers, believers, devotees and pilgrims, curators, writers, designers, philosophers, gastronomes, geologists, historians, art historians, doctors, museologists, musicians and musicologists, psychologists, priests, sociologists and all those who understand that their work and their devotion has a relationship with a broad concept of sanctuaries.

Sessions
1) The sanctuaries and rituality from prehistory the Roman world
2) Art and Iconography: archetypes and geographical spread
3) Architecture, art, devotion and meeting places of the sacred
4) New cults, pilgrimages and religious tourism
5) Sanctuaries, landscapes and natural environments

Summer school and recording rock-art fielwork in Valcamonica 2015

Dear colleague and friend,

as you already know the Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici is a non-profit cultural organization, and its main purpose is the research of prehistoric and primitive art, disseminating research results and contributing to the preservation and appreciation of the cultural heritage. Since fifty years, the Centro Camuno conducts and disseminates researches and studies in the fields of prehistory, archaeology, anthropology and ethno-anthropology, organizes exhibitions and cultural events in Italy and in other countries, promotes meetings, seminars and congresses to support and promote the exchange of ideas and opinions among scholars and specialists of the fields in which the CCSP is involved.
After fifty years, the “Centro Camuno” is starting a new phase with a new scientific council and a series of new projects and partnerships. We would be very happy if you could join us.
A part of our renewal is focused on improving the efforts in the recording of rock-art. For this porpouse we have organized a summer school of two weeks, where scholars from different countries and universities share their knowledge and experience, and following, it has been organized a prolonged fieldwork to be able to collect more data:
– The summer school in the rock-art recording and analysis techniques takes place from 8 to 20 June 2015, info at: Summer school ENG
– The annual Recording Rock-Art Fieldwork, this year will run from 22 June to 2 August, info at Fieldwork ENG
– Summer school nelle tecniche di documentazione e analisi dell’arte rupestre avrà luogo dall’8 al 20 giugno 2015 Summer School ITA
– L’annuale campagna di rilevamento di arte rupestre, il Recording Rock-Art Fieldwork quest’anno si svolgerà dal 22 giugno al 2 agosto Fieldwork ITA
We would like to invite you to participate in, or promote these activities among your colleagues and people who may be interested.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Best regards,
the fieldwork and summer school organizers

Recording Rock-Art Fieldwork in Valcamonica 2015

The Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici organizes the annual rock art recording of the Foppe area in Nadro – Riserva naturale incisioni rupestri di Ceto, Cimbergo e Paspardo (Rock engravings Natural Reserve of Ceto, Cimbergo e Paspardo (Valcamonica – Italy) aimed at the completion of the rock art areas research in the middle Val Camonica. This year the Recording Rock-Art Fieldwork will take place from 22 June to 2 August, for who is interested in participating, it will be possible to choose the most opportune period. It is not obligatory to attend all the period (but of course possible), nonetheless it is required the participation to a minimum of two weeks.

Recording Rock-Art Fieldwork (available places 10 for each week)
Recording Rock-Art Fieldwork is aimed at recording the engraved rocks and the territory in which they are. The fieldwork will follow this methodology and the participant can work in one or more of the following activities:
• Identification of the rocks within the archaeological authorization and preparation of the rocky surfaces.
• Placing of the tracing sheets in nylon and recording.
• Recording with total station and georeferencing of the rocks.
• Archaeological photography of the engraved rocks.
• 3D recordings of rocks and engravings (Structure from Motion).
• Digitization of the tracings, processing and recomposition with computer in laboratory
• Catalogue, analysis and comparisons with archaeological sources.
• Post-processing of the data gathered.

The participation is mandatory for at least two continuing weeks, it will be given a priority to the people who will participate for more than two weeks.

Participation requirements
The course is principally addressed to students and graduates in archaeology. People interested must send the application form for the participation by the 30th of April 2015, accompanied by the curriculum. Priority will be given to students and graduates in archaeology/anthropology (or related fields) and with experiences in rock-art recording. We would like to point out the possibility to participate at the Summer School organized be the CCSP, this Summer school is aimed to train in the recording and documentation activities, it will be held from 8 to 20 June 2015 the participation costs 300 € (more info www.ccsp.it)

The participation fee to the Fieldwork will be 70 € plus the inscription to Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici (40 €).

By the 15th of May we will announce the list with the selected students.

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Summer school: from 22 June to 2 August 2015

The Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici, which is from 50 years the avant-garde in the rock-art recording and analysis techniques, organizes a summer school on rock-art recording from 8 to 20 June 2015, in Valcamonica – Italy

SCIENTIFIC COORDINATION
Ulf Bertilsson – SHFA Institutionen för Historiska studier, Göteborgs University, Svezia; CCSP scientific management
Mila Simões de Abreu – Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), Portogallo; CCSP scientific management

OBJECTIVES
The summer school aims to form new profiles able to operate in the rock-art recording and with specific proficiencies on:
• Tracing on engraved rocks (both pecking and philiform)
• Identification and analysis of superimpositions
• Laboratory and digitalization of tracings
• Manage and implementation of database
• Total station / GPS
• 3D (Structure from Motion)
• Application of the learned techniques in different environment and context (recording on rock, in churches)

AVAILABLE PLACES: 20

REQUISITES: The summer school is mainly addressed to university students and graduates. People interested must send the application form for the participation by the 15th of May 2014, accompanied by the curriculum and a cover letter. The application forms not accompanied by the curriculum and cover letter won’t be considered.
Priority will be given to students and graduates in archaeology. If there will be vacant places, other candidatures will be considered.

Details and modalities of participation
The summer school will take place from the 8th to the 20th of June 2015, at Foppe di Nadro (Riserva naturale delle incisioni rupestri di Ceto, Cimbergo e Paspardo), Valcamonica – Italy.
The participation fee will be 300 € (comprehensive of inscription to Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici) and includes classes, training on the field, guided tour to the main rock-art parks (the park tickets are not included), didactic materials and tutoring.
To the first 10 registered will be offered 7 days of free accommodation at the guesthouse of the Riserva at Nadro di Ceto, the others will find accommodation in subsidized structures.

More info http://www.ccsp.it/web/summer%20school%202015/summer%20school%202015_IT.html

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Valcamonica Symposium 2015 – Presentation

Since 1968, the Valcamonica Symposium, promoted by the Centro Camuno, is the traditional occasion for the international meeting and discussion among the rock-art scholars and researchers. This year it reaches the XXVI edition and it will be held from 9th  to 12th  September 2015 with a renewed look and under the direction of a new scientific committee.

The title “Prospects for prehistoric art research 50 years since the founding of the Centro Camuno” celebrates a long tradition of research in Valcamonica opening up new prospects for study and collaboration

The Camonica valley has been inserted in the UNESCO World Heritage List from 1979, and it has been a laboratory of experimental techniques in the rock-art recording and analysis. Here it has seen the light the method of recording directly on the surface with transparent material, which is used in most of the rock art sites.

After 50 years it has arrived the time to understand where we are now regarding the methods, discoveries and perspectives, also taking in consideration the new technologies applied to archaeology and which should find a place also in the study of the rock art. The Valcamonica Symposium 2015 will be a big event where to meet and discuss on the roc art recording and study for researchers and scholars from different institutions and research centres around the world

To date the fixed sessions are:

Archaeological context and rock art. Two sections: Alpine and world context
Coordinated by: Raffaele de Marinis – University of Milan, Italy and Annaluisa Pedrotti – University of Trento, Italy

Updates on world rock art
Coordinated by Mila Simões de Abreu – University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), Vila Real, Portugal

Documentation techniques and rock art data management
Coordinated by: Annaluisa Pedrotti – University of Trento, Italy

Changes in rock art dating methods
Coordinated by: Ulf Bertillson – Director of Swedish Rock Art Research Archives, University of Göteborgs, Sweden

Environmental context and relationship with territory understanding rock art
Coordinated by: Cesare Ravazzi – CNR Researcher, Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes

Rock art management and relationships with the territory
Coordinated by: Tino Bino – Catholic University of Brescia, Italy

The symposium will be open to the public, the speeches printed on the Pre-proceedings and also freely available on-line on the dedicated website page (access from www.ccsp.it).

There will be side events to the Symposium which will involve the Valcamonica territory, such as exhibitions, show, educational activities for children, guided tour to archaeological sites and other.

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Recording Rock-Art Fieldwork in Valcamonica 2014

Dipartimento Valcamonica and Lombardia and Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici organize the annual rock art recording  of the Foppe area in Nadro – Riserva naturale incisioni rupestri di Ceto, Cimbergo e Paspardo (Brescia) (Rock engravings Natural Reserve of Ceto, Cimbergo e Paspardo (Brescia, Italy) aimed at the completion of the rock art areas research in the middle Val Camonica.
Recording Rock-Art Fieldwork (available places 10)
Recording Rock-Art Fieldwork is aimed at the training of a staff who can specializes in the rock art tracing, with lessons and meetings about rock art. The fieldworks, which will be organized in two different periods, will integrate the traditional rock art research through the tracing on sheets of nylon, with the employment of new techniques. In particular:

I Phase (21st July – 3rd August)
The first part of the fieldwork will focus on the following activities:
• Fieldwork:  preparation of the rocky surfaces, tracing of the engravings on sheets of nylon, technical photography and cartography of the engraved rocks.
• In laboratory: Digitization of the tracings, processing and recomposition with computer, catalogue, analysis and comparisons with archaeological sources.
•Total station

II Phase (8th-14th September)
The second part will focus on:
•Photoplan/Photomosaic
•Geoferencing of the rocks
• Structure from Motion
• Post-processing of the data

The attendance is possible for both the work phases or, in case, only for the first one.
It won’t be possible to take part only to the II phase.

Participation requirements : the course is  principally addressed to students and graduates in archaeology. People interested must send  the application form for the participation by the 15th of June 2014, accompanied by the curriculum (we kindly ask to indicate only the activities concerning the archaeological research and the academic career). The application forms not accompanied by the curriculum won’t be considered.
Priority will be given to students and graduates in archaeology. If there will be vacant places, other candidatures will be considered.
The participation fee will be 200 € comprehensive of inscription to Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici.
By the 20th of July the list with the selected students will be advertised.
The application form, logistic informations and more details are available on the web site
www.ccsp.it; to contact the secretariat: recording.rockart@ccsp.it

WARA-Pro: filing, managing and consulting the World Archive of Rock Art

The database has been prepared by the Camunian Centre of Prehistory Studies in order to digitalize, manage and make it possible to consult on the internet all the data and records of the archives of the Camunian Centre in Capo di Ponte concerning world rock art.

To consult it, browse the website of the Camunian Centre of Prehistory Studies: www.ccsp.it

The project has collected and catalogued – the processing of the data is still going on – documents related to the earliest iconographic manifestations produced by Man, whose discovery and gathering is the result of hundreds of archaeological expeditions led by Professor Anati and by the CCSP archaeologists all over the world.

The materials (including photographic, cartographic, etc.) are provided with consultation sheets.

As of today, it is possible to consult the data related to the prehistoric rock art of Valcamonica: photos, colour slides,

photographic prints, digital photos, blueprints, hundreds of reports and maps of the rock art sites in Valcamonica.

The database has been created in order to answer to different purposes of use, which range from the simple “tourist” aim to the information needed for research and advanced study. It is possible to access the material in multiple ways: there is the simple consultation with no filter, but also the possibility to use the archive in gradually more sophisticated levels, according to the needs of the user and under the authorization of the CCSP. We conceived the access to the archive as a set of stairs: starting from the lowest step, it is possible to consult with total freedom all of the sheets with photos and reliefs, then at a higher level – including the data with geographical reference, etc. – it is necessary to register, and finally the last step will also allow to add new data online.

The Project – which took off in 2008 – is part of the regional operative project POR Programma Operativo Regionale FESR 2007-2013 Asse IV “Natural and cultural heritage protection and improvement” – Project identification code 1133 – area integrated project, named “Along the ridge: itineraries across nature and culture for the integrated development of Valcamonica”

3D PITOTI

Following the exhibition • P • I • T • O • T • I • Digital rock art from ancient Europe, the “3D PITOTI” project – which has been supported and partially financed by the European Union – is an innovative and experimental work aimed at the advanced documentation of rock art and at the realization of three-dimensional models of the engraved images. The three-dimensional representation is a well-known technology already widely used in many fields of production. In Valcamonica, it has found an additional innovative employment in the rock art field.

Our partners in this new venture are the University of Nottingham (UK), St. Pölten
University of Applied Sciences (Austria), Cambridge University (UK), Bauhaus University of Weimar (Germany), Graz University of Technology (Austria) and ArcTron 3D GmbH (Germany). Our team is composed of archaeologists, IT experts and pedagogues, who will work to the interdisciplinary project over the next three years.

The project will allow to see, analyze, study and handle the Valcamonica rock engravings also in their three-dimensional aspect. It will make possible to create 3D computer models of the territory, the rocks and of each grapheme, which will permit, among others, to shift images in the space and to get closer to them in order to observe and study the details. Also, we will be able to physically turn the computer models into 3D, so that we will have genuine “plastic models” of the surveyed and scanned areas which can be used in teaching, museum exhibitions or just shown to the public audience.

The scanner surveys will be completed by aerial shooting of the environment which surrounds the engravings, in order to provide the rock with the correct setting within the landscape where it is placed.

Further news will soon follow.