CENTRO CAMUNO DI STUDI PREISTORICI
The Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici, established 1964, is a non-profit cultural organisation. Its
main concern is research in prehistoric and primitive art and related
disciplines. The CCSP disseminates an understanding and concern for ancient
civilisations by undertaking and publishing studies and by contributing to the
preservation and appreciation of the cultural heritage. It is also a centre for
training students in scholarly research. Scholars world-wide have pursued
periods of development and specialisation at this institute. Many specialists
who are presently active in prehistoric and tribal art studies have spent time
at the CCSP and are maintaining contact.
RESEARCH: CCSP's main activity is scientific research
General: Projects being carried on are self-supported or in collaboration with
other institutions and the participation of volunteers. As a result of the
Centro's activities, rock art is now being acknowledged by the international
organisations as a basic documentation for historical reconstruction.
World Archives of Rock Art (WARA); Origins and patterns of visual art,
Comparative studies, Thematic research projects; Who’s Who in Rock Art;
Research projects in different regions of the world.
The first major project of the CCSP has been the study of Valcamonica
rock art, today included in the prestigious UNESCO "List of World Heritage
Sites". Research in Valcamonica attracts every year numerous scholars, students
Expeditions Abroad: Field explorations and excavations are carried on annually in different
parts of the world. In the last 50 years the CCSP has led over 120 expeditions
in Africa, the Near East, the Far East, Oceania and Europe.
TRAINING: Training of professionals on a world-wide scale is an urgent requirement for
the comprehension and protection of rock art. The CCSP offers apprenticeships
aimed at producing highly qualified professionals: individual tutoring for
post-doctoral researchers, monographic seminars for university students,
archaeological field work for students and amateurs are carried on since 1964.
Credit is given upon agreement with universities.
MEETINGS, SEMINARS & CONGRESSES: To maintain scholarly awareness among specialists the CCSP holds
meetings, seminars and congresses. Currently, each year the CCSP organises two
meetings on monographic subjects concerning world rock art or research
expeditions of the CCSP, and Valcamonica Symposium, which is attended by
participants from all over the world.
SUPPORTS: The main supports for the research are: a specialised Library; Scientific Archives;
Documentation Centre; Edizioni del Centro; Museums; Archaeological Parks and
Library and Files:
The library of the CCSP is specialised on the prehistoric and tribal
art of the five continents.
Edizioni del Centro:
The publishing department of the CCSP produces the BCSP, an
international periodical of prehistoric and primitive art, series of monographs
and other volumes dedicated to prehistoric and primitive art, anthropology and
archaeology, and offers scholars editorial space for scientific diffusion and
promotion. Books are printed in Italian, English and French.
Museums, archaeological parks and protected area:
The CCSP serves as the
scientific supervisor of the Museum and Rock Art Reserve located in Ceto,
Cimbergo, Paspardo and is the planner of local, regional, and national rock art
parks in Italy and in other countries.
Volunteers and amateurs are taking active part in the archives, the library,
the editorial department, the field works and expeditions abroad and in other
For more information please contact:
CENTRO CAMUNO DI STUDI PREISTORICI,
25044 CAPO DI PONTE (BS), Tel. 0039 0364/4291 -
Fax. 0039 0364/42572 [email protected] [email protected] www.ccsp.it