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date: 10 July 2020

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This article studies rock and Alpine carvings that appeared from the Chalcolithic to the Middle Bronze Age. It determines that one of the striking features of Alpine carvings is that they involve megaliths as well as natural rocks. The article then considers the significance of the media used for the images and their context, and discusses the representations of social life that are depicted in these carvings. It also examines the chronological order of the carvings, and analyses the evolution of the themes and the different types of rock face. Finally, the article takes a look at the different types of visual imagery present in the landscape.

Keywords: rock carvings, Alpine carvings, megaliths, social life, chronological order, rock face, visual imagery

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