DUBAL, Monique LARREY & Battista MAFFESSOLI
laboratory for archaeometry
A total of seven
"Yin-Yang Camunian Roses",
orientated toward the
solsticial rising sun
at 09:30 am, have been identified at
Dos Sulif ("Sunny Shoulder"), a
rupestrian site on the eastern side of Valcamonica.
This site was discovered over 30 years ago by two pioneers in the hunt
for Camunian Rock Art:
Battista Maffessoli and Vittorio Martinazzoli.
Yin-Yang Camunian Roses
are composed of 9 cup-marks in the form
a cross, wrapped into a Basque
Their diameter ranges from 12 to 50 cm. One axis of each cross is
engraved parallel to the glacial striae,
while the other axis matches the shade cast by a plumb-line facing the
summer solsticial sun.
The curved arms of the swastikas mostly point clockwise,
though, Buddhist swastikas are counterclockwise.
With the present findings of an obvious solsticial orientation,
the Yin-Yang Camunian Rose - clockwise or
might be considered as a metaphor for the seasonal cycle,
just as the Naquane labyrinth,
discussed at NEWS95, probably represents the cycle of
A further conclusion is that the dozen of Camunian roses,
classified by Paola Farina as asymmetrical,
should most probably be re-interpreted in term of imperfect workmanship.
This study is a follow-up of the presentation, at the 1993 Valcamonica
Symposium, of tactigraphies
two yin-yang camunian roses engraved on the western side of the valley,
one levogyre and one dextrogyre.
Despite their difference in size by a factor of five,
each exhibits a quasi-perfect mirror-image of the other.
a rose to enter
jardin des roses yin-yang"