“Camonica Valley Rock Art”
UNESCO site n. 94 – namely “Rock Drawings in Valle Camonica” – was the first in Italy to be recognized as part of the world heritage. The rock engravings of this territory are by now well known worldwide. In 2006 the Gruppo Istituzionale di Coordinamento (GIC) was founded in Camonica Valley. The task of this workspace is to execute the Management Plan of this UNESCO site (the plan was worked out in 2005), and to collaborate for the tutelage, conservation, enhancement and touristic and cultural promotion of the archaeological property. GIC brings together the most important participants involved in the management of Camonica Valley’s rock art heritage, that is the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali – through Lombary’s Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici - the Brescia district, the Municipalities where the archaeological parks lie (Capo di Ponte, Ceto, Cimbergo, Darfo Boario Terme, Paspardo, Sellero and Sonico), the Consorzio Comuni Bim and the Comunità Montana di Valle Camonica, the head body of the group at work. Numerous are the ongoing projects, many of which have already been executed, but others are at a standstill. Since spring 2012, the GIC president has been engineer Sergio Bonomelli.
The promotion activity of Camonica Valley’s UNESCO site thus involves many players in the territory, sharing the purpose to maintain and spread the knowledge of an extraordinary property such as the Camunian rock art, being aware that it represents an immensely worthy resource.