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Valcamonica (Italy)

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Definition: Valcamonica is the name of a valley in northern Italy that is home to numerous rock art sites, some as early as the Upper Paleolithic and into the Iron Age. The Valcamonica river flows for 40 kilometers beginning high up in the Alps; the art from the valley and neighboring valleys such as Valtellina and sites such as Mont Bego are together called Alpine Rock Art or Valcamonica style. The Bronze and Iron age drawings are of importance, because they include detailed engravings of wheeled vehicles, plowing oxen, and house structures, thus providing unmatched data concerning the living styles of Alpine Bronze and Iron Age people.

This glossary entry is part of the Dictionary of Archaeology. Sources for the term include the references listed on the front page of the Dictionary, and the websites listed in the sidebar.
Alternate Spellings: Val Camonica

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