Museum of the Origins of Man
ZOOMORPHIC AND ANTHROPOMORPHIC ENGRAVINGS ON ROCK WALL IN THE POST-PALEOLITHIC
Fig. 33A2) Rock petroglyph of mount Bego, France. It represents a man who is plowing.
Size: ? These petroglyphs are all of small dimensions. The man represented would have to be tall approximately 15 cm.
Dating: 1800-1600 B.C.
Material Culture: Age of the Bronze.
NOTE: 1) All the typology of petroglyphs of mount Bego (mostly heads of Taurus with horns as U, then weapons and instruments, like halberds, scythes, axes and daggers; the human figures are 1%) have a representation seen from the high and not by profile. 2) Independently from the schematic style and of easy execution, we think, that these petroglyphs are work of the pilgrims, and not of artists, like in the paintings of the Paleolithic.
Fig. 33A3) Stele with petroglyphs of men and animals in Val Camonica, Italy. It is a scene with two personnages with opened arms, of which the greater has the head encircled from a solar aureole.
Size of the cliff: height cm. 70. widht cm 42; therefore the human figures are tall approximately 20 cm.
Dating: III millenium B.C.
Material Culture: Age of Copper.
"Stele" at Masso Cemmo 4.
NOTE: The petroglyphs in Val Camonica extend for almost 70 km., between 400 and 1000 meters of altitude.
The petroglyphs are approximately 130.000, to which are added some others after the 16 B.C., with the conquest and the installation by the Romans.
The ancient petroglyphs go back to the 8000 B.C.(10,000 years). It has been deducted from 4 petroglyphed elks, animals that remember the glacial climatology, that was still no far in the time. In Val Camonica the animals are represented by profile, distinguishing themselves from those of mount Bego, represented from the high.
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