Valcamonica: Ancient Rock Engravings Make it Italy's First UNESCO Heritage Site

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The Valcamonica is a narrow, north/south trending valley in the Lombardy Alps, bounded on the south by Lago d'Iseo and cut by the river Oglio all the way to Ponte di Legno. The name Valcamonica comes from the pre-indoeuropean people named Camunni, who were conquered by Rome in 16 BC.

The Valcamonica is home to one of the world's richest collections of prehistoric petroglyphs--over 140,000 artworks covering 8000 years have been discovered, and was the first Italian site to go on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1979, beating out such notable human achievements as Rome's Coliseum and Leonardo da Vinci's fresco of The Last Supper in Milan.

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