“Out of the Mist – the Rock Art of the Alpi Apuane” at Villa Gori

L’ARTE RUPESTRE DELLE ALPI APUANE fuori dalla nebbia – “Out of the Mist – the Rock Art of the Alpi Apuane” is a month-long exhibition of “arte rupestre” – prehistoric and protohistoric rock art which rocks on until the 6th of October at the Villa Gori, in Stiava…

… aaaand a new Rock Art Park the PARCO DELL’ARTE RUPESTRE PREISTORICA E PROTOSTORICA” opens in Arni this weekend September 29th and 30th. Both events are happening in conjunction with the European-wide initiative “Giornate Europee del Patrimonio,”

“Because of the work done over the last twenty years the Alpi Apuane mountain range – which is located in the provinces of Lucca and Massa-Carrara – has become recognized as a major  archeological resource for Rock Art in Italy,” explains Paolo Emilio Bagnoli of GAM, Gruppo archeologico Massarosese, “In fact,” he continues, “in these mountains, and primarily because of the work of passionate amateurs and volunteers we’ve seen numerous important discoveries of  Rock Art carvings and petroglyphs … they comprise a major cultural asset for the region and the world.” The exhibition’s goal is to promote the scientific work performed by the volunteers and the “Soprintendenza Archeologica” – the regional board of the ministry of archeoligical heritage – and to “rigorously document the exisiting carvings and to free this type of representation from the fantastic hypotheses and of the false halo of mystery that it has, up until now, been surrounded by” … which is good, and fine by us, but … what are they? The “Coppelle Misteriose” the “Mysrerious Cup Marks” of neolithic times, … they’re are pretty mysterious… they beg, to this day, for even a plausible explanation.

The exhibition L’ARTE RUPESTRE DELLE ALPI APUANE fuori dalla nebbia“ moves from the Villa Gori in Stiava, when it ends on October 6th, 2012, to the village of Terrica from the 6th of October to the 31st of October, 2012.

The exhibition of rock art reliefs and photos of prehistoric incisions – as well as some of the mysterious Coppelle Misteriose is organized by GAM Gruppo archeologico Massarosese, and the Soprintendenza Archeologica sponsored by the Comuni of Massarosa and Stazzema, by the Provincia di Lucca, by the Unione dei Comuni della Versilia, and by the Circolo Arci, le Tanacce.

There is a second event scheduled for the 28th and the 30th of September, 2012, in Arni, and that’s the opening of the PARCO DELL’ARTE RUPESTRE PREISTORICA E PROTOSTORICA, in short, the Rock Art Park of Arni.

In an abandoned marble cave, in the town of Arni, the Rock Art Park features accurate copies – faithful in size and appearance to the original prehistoric and protohistoric carvings – which are then arranged in a chronological order to “show the evolution of human thought and the evolution of his awareness.” In addition to the cave drawings of France, and the Valcamonica neolithic carvings, there are examples, also, of Pre-Columbian and Peruvian carvings, and even some samples of rock art from Hawaii.

So, to keep these straight, the first “Arte Rupestre” Rock Art event:

The L’ARTE RUPESTRE DELLE ALPI APUANE fuori dalla nebbiathe “Out of the Mist – the Rock Art of the Alpi Apuane” exhibition goes on until the 6th of October, 2012, at the Villa Gori, in Stiava.

And the second “Arte Rupestre” Rock Art event is:

PARCO DELL’ARTE RUPESTRE PREISTORICA E PROTOSTORICA, the Rock Art Park on Arni is offering guided tours, both on Saturday the 29th and the 30th of of September, 2012, from 10am to 6pm.

Cava di Marmo della Castellina.
Contact: 334 3125023 –  p.bagnoli@iet.unpi.it

We link to a map for directions.

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