Prehistoric Rock Art Trails

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The rock art of Georgia in PRAT-CAR..
The rock art of Georgia in PRAT-CAR..
22/11/2017
The awesome rock art site with petrogliphs of Trialeti (near of the town of Tsalka) will be the first site that will be included in the European registry of rock art sites open to the public around the countries of the Council of Europe.
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The ARTPOINTS project in progress.
The ARTPOINTS project in progress.
21/11/2017
The company SMOOPLY SOLUTIONS (https://www.smooply.com/) will develop in the coming months the project ARTPOINTS (digital signage for the creation of the cultural and touristic on-line network of rock art), with the support of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of the Government of S..
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The "Cueva Pintada" of Galdar (Gran..
20/11/2017
The last Extraordinary Assembly of the Prehistoric Rock Art Trails Association approved the incorporation of the Cabildo Insular (Island Government) of Gran Canaria Island as a full member of the Rock Art Cultural Route and the immediate incorporation of the Archaeological Park of the..
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A Cultural Route of Council of Europe

The Cultural Route CARP offers 112 great Archaeological and Rock Art sites with the main scientific, cultural, artist and archaeological interest. All these sites are opened to the knowledge and the enjoyment of the European and World society. Currently, more than 1.9 million visitors come each year to the places where the first inhabitants of Europe produced their transcendental rock art, an art full of symbolism motivated by religious belief and full of references to Nature, forming the first Cultural Landscapes of Europe.The vast majority of these places have a great symbolic value and are part of the European Cultural Heritage, but also they are elements that support the local identity. This symbolic value has been recognized in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.The relationship between Prehistoric Rock Art and Landscape is used to produce a thematic tourism offer that integrates Culture and Nature, Landscape and Cultural Heritage. This contributes to a sustainable development of the rural communities where are located all the sites that compose the Cultural Route.

EUROPEAN CULTURAL ROUTE & UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE

More than 150 Rock Art sites are open to the public in Europe, concentrated in countries like Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Great Britain, Italy, Portugal, and particularly, France and Spain. Many are small sites (a cave, a rock shelter, a small museum ...), but there are locations with significant tourism infrastructures where it is possible to see large archaeological sites. The cultural and tourist interest of the first art of the Prehistory of Europe has been noted by UNESCO recognising as World Heritage 9 sites: Alta (Norway), Tanum (Sweden), Brú-na-Bóinne (Ireland), Valcamonica (Italy), the caves of the Vézère Valley (France), Altamira and other caves of the Cantabrian Region (Spain), the rock shelters with Levantine Art of the Mediterranean Coast (Spain), Foz Côa and Siega Verde sites (Portugal-Spain) and the Cave of Pont d'Arc named Chauvet (France). To this list we can added the Medieval Rock Art from the Rupestrian Churches of Matera (Basilicata, Italy).


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