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1   Link   "Rock Art in the Alps - Mt. Bego Petroglyphs" by

Mt. Bego and Valcamonica are the two most important alpine rock art sites. Regarding the quantity and the quality of engraved rocks we can't find any equal in the other alpine valleys.
In Valcamonica some 200-300.000 engraved figures are estimated to exist, while in Mt. Bego 35,000 engravings were traced (and counted). [....]
2   Link   "Mount Bego prehistoric rock carvings" by Nicoletta Bianchi

There are approximately 4106 prehistoric rock carvings in the vicinity of mount Bego – in the southern French Alps – listed so far, in which we can count 35,814 signs made by pecking.
These rocks are situated in the high valleys of what is now the Mercantour National Park, at altitudes of over 2000 metres and located within 1,400 hectares subdivided into seven main sectors, of which Marvels and Fontanalba are the most remarkable because of the great number of engravings [...]
3   Link   "Measuring Instruments for Solar Time at Mount Bego" by Jerome Magail

Around 2000 BC, over 37,000 engravings were carried out on the rocks of the Mount Bego region (fig. 1) in the Alpes-Maritimes in Southern France (Commune of Tende). The Bronze Age populations repeated the same figures each summer at between 2,000 and 2,600 meters above sea level. Nearly hall of these petroglyphs are rectangular forms with two horns above, schematic representations of bovines (fig. 2). Other iconographic themes are hundreds of daggers, halbards and geometric forms, including possible divisions into sections. Engraved harnesses (fig. 4) attest that there was already domestication of bovids and the sectional figures evoke the way in which these groups divided their territory. However, the original motivation of the authors of these thousands of engravings carried out by cast percussion (fig. 3) is still enigmatic. [...]
4   Link   "" by Footsteps of Man Archaeological Society (Valcamonica, Italy)

A rock art site mainly devoted to Italian rock art
5   Link   "Organisation spatiale des gravures protohistoriques d'un grand site d'art rupestre : le mont Bégo" by Thomas Huet and Gourguen Davtian
La première mise en place d'un SIG et quelques résultats issus de mon Master 2 (2006, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis). L'aire d'étude concernait alors la zone des lacs (zones I, II, III et V).

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6   Link   "Utilisation de l'outil SIG dans l'étude des gravures protohistoriques de la région du mont Bego (Alpes-Maritimes, France)" by Thomas Huet
The advance of researches for the study of protohistorical engravings (drawings and database) in the mont Bego region, and the development of geographical analysis tools (GPS, GIS) allow to relate engraved rocks with their geographic context. This approach, if not totally new, is at least original given the corpus to work with: 20 000 figurative engravings and 4 200 engraved rocks. After their integration into a database link with a GIS, the spatial projection of data shows different groups of engravings. It stays to introduce in the analysis the chronologic criterion to distinguish between evolutions of graphical systems (diachronic) from the symbolical structuring of the site (synchronic). These results would probably found comparisons with the evolution of symbolic systems during later Neolithic in occidental Mediterranean.

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7   Link   "Organisation spatiale et sériation des gravures piquetées du mont Bego" by Thomas Huet
This work consists mostly in a geographic and statistical approach concerning central tendencies (distributions, means, standard deviations, etc.) of some 20 000 pecked figurative engravings of mount Bego's region (Alpes-Maritimes, France). For the first time, combined use of GIS and statistical analysis (factorial analysis, multiple comparison tests, etc.) is employed in order to relate geographic proximities with iconographic similarities between engraved rocks and engravings. Classifications are automated; effects of seriation and partition are highlighted. The use of statistical tests (Dunn's test, etc.) allows giving a precise sense of what is " significant ", a term sometimes applied abusively to comment engravings distribution. Thus, interpretations are relegated to the congruent part of analysis. Concurrently with geostatistical analysis, an inventory and a revision of superimpositions of engravings is realized. The study of superimpositions indicates that weapons engravings (daggers and halberds) are among the most recent. On the contrary, fringed figures (anthropomorphic) seem to be within the most ancient ones. The reassessment of the archaeological finds enables identifying precise periods of occupation of the site, stressing the abundance of elements referring to the recent phase of Chassey Culture and late Bell Beakers culture. Despite a part of weapons engravings are related to late Bell Beakers and Early Bronze age transition, a part of them could be related to earlier stages.

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8   Link   "Reflectance Transformation Imaging to examine prehistoric rock art" by Marta Diaz-Guardamino Uribe
Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) is revealing itself as a very powerful tool to examine prehistoric rock art. Through the application of different filters and the manipulation of the incidence of light, RTI provides an enhanced visual experience of the micro-topography of engraved stones, enabling the detection of subtle details that are difficult, at times impossible, to be seen through other recording techniques. In our own research, the application of RTI is providing us with valuable information about the craftspeople and the techniques involved in the making of a very special type of prehistoric rock art: Iberian Late Bronze Age stelae.


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