Marisa Giorgi


From the analysis of topographical representations on a 5000 year-old rock uncovered in the Valcamonica mountains of Northern Italy, we examine the concept of maps. Regional and international research on representations of maps in rock art demonstrate their widespread importance within several societies in the past. From larger areas, to cartographic representations, to more specific localised topographic maps, they form a physical representation of what is known, perceived or imagined within the landscape.

This presentation will discuss the recent discovery of an ancient topographic map composition on Rock Five in Castello (a residential area of Paspardo, In Valle). This composition not only contributes to the data of existing known topographic map images of the area, but also extends the research within the interpretative sphere.

About the presenter           

Marisa is a rock art specialist who has helped to run rock art recording field schools since 2014. She has also taught rock art recording in UAE. She is a Heritage Specialist at Extent Heritage and is affiliated with various international rock art organisations and societies working in Italy and France on various projects. Marisa is an alum of UQ, Griffith University, and the University of New England.

About Archaeology Working Papers

The Working Papers in Archaeology seminar series provides a forum for dissemination of archaeological research and ideas amongst UQ archaeology students and staff. All students are invited to attend the series and postgraduate students, from honours upwards, are invited to present their research. The aim is to provide opportunities for students, staff and those from outside UQ, to present and discuss their work in an informal environment. It is hoped that anyone interested in current archaeological directions, both within and outside the School and University, will be able to attend and contribute to the series.


Otto Hirschfeld Building, St Lucia Campus, University of Queensland

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