Bolivia IFRAO Cochabamba 1997 Congress

Cochabamba, Bolivia, 1-6 April 1997

Sociedad de Investigación del Arte Rupestre de Bolivia

Sponsored by IFRAO, UNESCO, Ministry of Human Development, National Secretary of Culture,
SIARB, Universidad Mayor de San Simón, Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas y Museo
Arqueológico Cochabamba, Centro Pedagógico y Cultural Simón I. Patiño


1. ROCK ART DATING: Alan Watchman, Australia/Canada, and André Prous, Brazil.

2. THE EARLIEST ROCK ART IN THE AMERICAS: Jack Steinbring, U.S.A., and Juan Schobinger,

3. THE EARLIEST ROCK ART - A WORLD PERSPECTIVE: Robert G. Bednarik, Australia, and
Paul G. Bahn, U.K.

4. NEW APPROACHES TO ROCK ART STUDIES: Francesco d'Errico, France, and
Cliff Ogleby, Australia.

Australia, and Jean Clottes, France.

6. NEW STUDIES OF ROCK ART IN SOUTH AMERICA: Luis Briones, Chile, C. N. Dubelaar,
Netherlands, Carlos Aschero and Mercedes Podestá, Argentina, and Freddy Taboada T., Bolivia

7. ROCK ART, ETHNOGRAPHY AND RELIGION: Alicia Fernández Distel, Argentina, and
Roy Querejazu Lewis, Bolivia.

Apart from the seven symposia, there will be a Round Table on 'Rock art and schools', chaired
by Professor Dario Seglie (CeSMAP, Italy) and Matthias Strecker (SIARB, Bolivia).

Other special events include: a series of lectures by international specialists on rock art
for the general public (J. Clottes on Chauvet Cave, lectures on rock art of Argentina,
Chile etc.); a ceremony to pay tribute to four pioneers in South American rock art: C. N.
Dubelaar (Holland), Carlos J. Gradin (Argentina), Hans Niemeyer Fernández (Chile) and Antonio
Núñez Jiménez (Cuba).

Also, the Annual Meeting of the International Federation of Rock Art Organizations (IFRAO)
will take place during the Congress. The SIARB Congress will be the largest rock art
conference ever held in Latin America. There will be a participation of at least 200
persons from different Latin American countries, North America, Europe, Australia and Africa.


SIARB is preparing a program of excursions and field trips to take place in the week
before the Congress and after it. Participants requiring further details now are asked
to contact Matthias Strecker at the SIARB address below. All camping equipment can be
hired at he Congress, including sleeping bags. Cochabamba is at an altitude of about
2500 m, with a most agreeable climate. In April, the temperature ranges from 15-25ºC.

The city is central to various rock art regions and lies between the Andes and the
tropical lowlands.


Three extensive expositions will be presented:
1. 'Rock Art World Heritage' (SIARB),
2. 'Ancient Rock Art of Patagonia' (Argentina),
3. 'Rock Art of Minas Gerais' (Brazil).

Besides, a permanent exposition on rock art of the Dept. of Cochabamba, Bolivia will
be inaugurated; and a number of participants will present small exhibits from different


Cochabamba is a town of 400 000. There are numerous hotels which range in price
from $A8.00-90.00. The following are recommended by the Congress (prices per night, in US$):
Single Double Service

***** Hotel Portales 70 86
**** Hotel Cochabamba 66 85
**** Hotel Diplomat 55 65
**** Hotel Aranjuez 59 69
*** Hotel Mary 17 30
*** Hotel Regina 20 28
*** Hotel Ideal 20 30

Residencial Jordán 12 19
Residencial Jardín 8 15
BB = buffet breakfast, CB = continental breakfast

The Portales, Cochabamba and Aranjuez are closest to the congress venue.

It is important that all accommodation bookings be done through the same agency.

For reservations, please contact, or instruct your travel agent to contact:
FREMEN, Casilla 1040, Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Tel. (591) 42 59392; Fax: (591) 42 59686.
E-mail :


Registration fees after 1 October 1996: participants US$30.00, audience US$15.00.
Please send registrations and queries to SIARB, Casilla 3091, La Paz, Bolivia.
Fax (591) 2 711809.

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