Recording Rock-Art Fieldwork 2018

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Location: Ceto, BS, IT

Season: July 16, 2018 to August 4, 2018

Application Deadline: June 1, 2018


Program Type:
Field school, Volunteer

RPA Certified:

Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici

Project Director:
Paolo Medici

Project Description:

In the wonderful framework of the Landmarks Valley, recognized as a UNESCO heritage since 1979, the Centro Camuno of Studi Preistorici in collaboration with the University of Trento organize the annual recording rock-art fieldwork aimed at the documentation of the rock art in the middle Valcamonica. Following the previous recording of rock-art fieldwork, this year’s work will continue in the area of Foppe di Nadro – Riserva naturale incisioni rupestri di Ceto, Cimbergo e Paspardo (Valcamonica – Italy) on the concession of the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle arti e Paesaggio.

The fieldwork will be structured in 3 weeks, it is required to participate for at least 2 weeks.
In the first week, which is mandatory for those who have no experience in the rock-art recording, the participants will learn the necessary competences to document rock-art:
• Identification of the rocks within the archaeological authorization and preparation of the rocky surfaces.
• Placing of the tracing sheets in nylon and recording.
• Use of the total station and georeferencing of the rocks.
• Archaeological photography of the engraved rocks.
• 3D recordings of rocks and engravings (SfM).
• Digitization of the tracings, processing and recomposition with a computer in the laboratory.
• Catalogue, analysis and comparisons with archaeological sources.
• Post-processing of the data gathered.
• Seminars.

The second and third week will be dedicated to the work on the field, in the laboratory.

Period(s) of Occupation: Neolithic, Copper age, Bronze age, Iron age, Middle ages

Valcamonica has been the first site of Italy to be enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage list and it is among the first sites of Europe for quantity e density of engravings.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks

Minimum Age: 16

Experience Required: The fieldwork is addressed to everyone, priority will be given to students and graduates in archaeology or anthropology (or related fields). The first week is mandatory for those who have no experience in the rock-art recording. The minimum participation is two weeks.

Room and Board Arrangements:
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. Cost: 100 € plus the inscription to Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici (40 €).

Contact Information:

Paolo Medici

via Marconi 7

Capo di Ponte




Phone: 39036442091

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