|IFRAO Report Number 19|
1999 INTERNATIONAL ROCK ART CONGRESS
Ripon, Wisconsin, U.S.A., 23 - 31 May 1999
The 1999 International Rock Art Congress will take place on the campus of
Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, U.S.A., from May 23 to 31.
The Congress is sponsored by the International Federation of Rock Art Organizations.
The national host is the American Rock Art Research Association and the
local/regional host is the Mid-America Geographic Foundation.
Other participating organisations include the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh,
the University of Wisconsin Center - Fond du Lac, the Eastern States Rock Art
Research Association, the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Historical Society
and the Mid-West Rock Art Association.
There will be two days of pre-congress field trips (22 and 23 May) and two days
of post-congress field trips (30 and 31 May).
The costs of post-congress field trips are included in registration (or requiring
only a nominal fee). Dormitory accommodation will be available at Ripon College.
A package of room and board (meals) has been fixed at US$35.00.
Meal tickets for any combi-nation of meals (dinner only, lunch and breakfast etc.)
can be purchased by those staying off-campus.
A list of 25 motels in the immediate area is available - conference rates are
being negotiated. There are approximately 100 motel units available in Ripon,
and the college can accommodate 1000.
A complete motel (32 units) within easy walking distance will be reserved.
Distances to other accommodation range from three to 27 km. These include all price ranges.
Air connections from Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis to Appleton, Wisconsin
are the most convenient. Ripon College will provide shuttle service from and to
Appleton (45 minutes) on peak arrival and departure days.
Chicago is 300 km from Ripon, Milwaukee is 130 km away. Road connections are
by freeway, except for 30 km. The Congress format will follow that of the
Flagstaff Congress of 1994.
There will be several concurrent sessions in the mornings, and General
Sessions (symposia) in the afternoons.
There will be public presentations in the evening. Registration will be from
5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Sunday, 23 May and from 7:30 to 8:45 on Monday, 24 May.
Registration will take place in the Rotunda of Harwood Memorial Union. Late arrivals
may register throughout the week. Information boards (approx. 1 m × 1 m) for
participating organisations will be mounted in the registration area.
These may include the history, nature and goals of your organisation.
You may include addresses, membership fees and publication policies.
Efforts are under way to conduct some of the sessions in Spanish (with English
translations as well as English to Spanish translations). To facilitate such
communication, an innovation for slide presentations is being initiated.
Presenters will be asked to produce translated captions for their slides
One screen will contain the view, the other a caption for it (English if a Spanish
presentation, Spanish if an English presentation).
This will significantly reduce the problem of doubling the time in translated papers.
The organisers are hoping that these arrangements will form a successful
precedent for future congresses, and that a significant number of Hispanic
contributors will avail themselves of this service.
If you have any questions, they may be directed to:
Dr Jack Steinbring Dept. of Anthropology Ripon College
Ripon, Wisconsin 54971 U.S.A.
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Cooperativa Archeologica 'Le Orme dell'Uomo'
The society, on request from the Archaeological Superintendence of Piedmont
in collaboration with the Group for the Research of the Mountain Cultures
(Turin), has produced graphic and photographic documentation of petroglyph
and rock painting sites in Susa Valley, Cenischia Valley and Chiusella Valley,
near Turin, Italy.
This rock art belongs to a periods from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages,
with the Iron Age strongly represented.
Frequent motifs are meanders and small channels, human 'praying' figures,
warriors and riders, weapons, cupules, dates and inscriptions.
On request of the National Petroglyphs Park of Gro-sio in Lombardy (Valtellina),
the Society has catalogued fifty rock panels of petroglyphs at the Dosso
Giroldo site. The art belongs mainly to a period at the end of the Neolithic
and the Iron Age, with a sporadic presence of anthropomorphs of the Bronze Age.
The rock surfaces have been measured and photographed, and the state of
conservation has been documented.
On request of the faculty of Anthropology of the University of Naples, a
team of the Society has traced thirty fragments of Copper Age menhirs from
the site of Ossimo in Valcamonica (Italy).
This work is the first step to reassemble more than ten stelae of the
third millennium B.C.
The Society's annual summer school of rupestrian archaeology was held,
as usual, at the Vite-Deria site of Paspardo in Valcamonica.
This art corpus is attributed to a period within the fourth millennium B.C.
and the and of the Middle Ages.
Twenty participants from United Kingdom, U.S.A. and Italy documented and
traced fifteen petroglyph panels. The project continued in mid-1997.
In collaboration with the Associaçao Portuguesa de Arqueologia e Arte Rupestre,
in the context of the 'Etched in Time (Gravado no Tempo) Project - Portugal',
and funded by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, the Society has organised
the research and the documentation of petroglyphs in the Vale de Vermelhosa,
along the Douro river, in part of the Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley.
The two main panels have been traced and photographed.
There are Palaeolithic and Iron Age figures. The Palaeolithic motifs consist of
images of horses, deer, roof-like figures, a lion and a mammoth-like or
The results were presented at the XIIIth UISPP Congress in Forlì, Italy.
During 1996, the Society presented to the public the travelling exhibition
'Visions from Himalaya', consisting of paintings and rock art reproductions
of Yashodhar Mathpal, in collaboration with the Folk Museum of Bhimtal,
Uttar Pradesh, India.
The exhibition was shown at Breno, Valcamonica.
Mid-America Geographic Foundation
In 1995/96, the Foundation conducted a mitigation study of a proposed power
line (20 km long) which passed through an area of petroform and aboriginal
mound concentrations. This survey work was done under contract to the Wisconsin
Electric Power Corporation and led to modification of the initial line proposals.
It strengthened the Foundations commitment to landscape preservation as part of
rock art site context. Current threats to the regional complex of mutually visible
hill-tops with petroforms, trails, springs and early archaeological sites include
wind generators, power lines, housing developments, roads and drainage projects.
Because of the breadth of expertise in the membership, these issues can be
A major project of Mid-America at this time is preparation for the 1999
International Rock Art Congress which will be held at Ripon College in
east central Wisconsin, U.S.A.
It was held only once previously in the U.S., at Flagstaff, Arizona in 1994.
For the Wisconsin event, there will be a large aboriginal component, expected
to draw from all eleven tribal groups in Wisconsin as well as from distant
American locations, possibly including Alaska.
Ripon College, a small Midwestern liberal arts college, is providing the
venue with a very reasonable dormitory and meal package, as well as
auditoriums, galleries, classrooms, audio-visual facilities, technical
personnel, some transportation, adminis-trative services and recreational facilities.
The college is very experienced in handling this type of event because of the
Annual Experimental Aircrafter Association's Fly-In. This event has had up to
one million participants! Ripon College hosts a group of young people numbering
about 1000 each year. Field trips are being planned which will include
Wisconsin's famous 'effigy mounds', thousands of aboriginal earthworks in animal
and geometric shapes.
Some of these are more than 150 metres long. A provisional program will
be completed in 1998.
The Centro de Investigación de Arte Rupestre de Uruguay (CIARU) is
conducting an intensive campaign to assist the preservation of rock art
located in the centre of Uruguay. This includes the production of car stickers.
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