International Russian-Finnish project funded by the Karelia ENPI CBC Program.
Stone age art galleries (objects of monumental rock art) created by our ancestors about 5000–7000 years ago are still of great interest both to scientists and history lovers.
It may be said that we can see a genuine stone chronicle that illustrates the view of the world, religious faiths and various forms of worship of ancient man.
Rock art strikes us by the diversity, artistic expression and enigmatic ancient images and helps us to feel the spirit of the remote past.
There is an urgent need for restoration of such monuments as they are valuable objects of cultural heritage and such an activity is considered to be part of the contemporary cultural development.
The White Sea region petroglyphs as well as the Värikallio neolithic rupestrian drawings are unique examples of the Northern European primitive art. These monuments might have been created by common Finno-Ugric ancestors of contemporary Karelian and Finnish people.
The project is focused on the development of a certain “Rock Art Bridge” that will combine ancient Finnish and Russian monuments.
The Project will contribute to establishing a common information space based on rock art and strengthening cross-border cooperation in the field of cultural tourism between The Republic of Karelia and Finland.
The «Rock Art Bridge» Project will give both experts and ordinary people some additional opportunities to study the primitive art monuments as well as it will draw the attention of the authorities to the issues of their preservation and usage.
Within the framework of the project realized from 16.02.2013 to 31.12.2014 the following activities are to be carried out: