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About Rock Engravings National Park

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In the park, in a natural environment dominated by chestnut trees, firs, birches and hornbeams and crossed by the important historic path, which links Paspardo to Nadro, it is possible to see 104 engraved rocks.

On these large grey-purplish sandstone surfaces (Verrucano Lombardo), rounded off and polished by glaciers action, the ancient people living in the Valley produced images, comig from their everyday life or from their spiritual world.

The engraved images were produced pecking the rock with a lithic or metal tool (pecking technique) or more seldom using a pointed tool (scratching technique).

The chronology of Naquane rock art must be placed between the Neolithic (5th-4th millennia BC) and the Iron Age (1st millennium BC), when the Valley was inhabited by the ancient Camunni. But it is possible to find also some more rare engravings dating back to the Historic Age, Roman Ages and Modern times).

Some archaeological excavations led inside the Park, brought to light evidences of frequentation dating back to the Late Neolithic-Copper Age (middle 4th-3rd millennia BC).

A few hundred metres to the north there is the important settlement of Dos dell'Arca, which was founded in the Neolithic and was used until the Late Iron Age (about 4th millennium BC-1st century BC).