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The Rose of Maloja, Historical Witnesses

Maloja

The Rose of Maloja, Historical Witnesses

Maloja

Rock carving and hollow stone

If you follow the footpath from the cemetery to the bottom of the Aela ski lift, you come to a small meadow in which lie a stone with rock carvings and another hollowed-out stone. The latter, in the view of Urs Schwegler, a noted author on the subject, and of the Graubünden canton archaeologist Dr. Jürg Rageth, is probably a medieval implement used in farming or crafts – perhaps a mortar for cereals or linseed. The rock carving shows a stylised rose, referred to in specialist literature as the “Rose of Maloja”. The stone with the rock carving is often mistakenly referred to as the Celtic Stone – but there is no evidence of Celtic settlement of this area. The woven-band motif is, however, familiar in Irish art – hence, perhaps, the designation “Celtic rose”. A precise dating of the stones is difficult; the carving could be prehistoric, but may also be much more recent, according to Dr. Jürg Rageth.


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