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Cultural Encounters. Symbols from the Mediterranean World in the South Scandinavian Rock Carving Tradition during the Bronze Age
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.
2001 (English)In: Cultural Interactions in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean during the Bronze Age (3000-500 BC): apers from a session held at the European Association of Archaeologists Sixth Annual Meeting inLisbon 2000, 2001, 9-28 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to present a number of symbols and symbolic structures in the South Scandinavian rock carving tradition and material culture during the Bronze Age, which show similarities with features traditionally associated with religious practices and belief systems in the Mediterranean cultures from the same period.

The symbols presented in this article are the ship, the bull, the double-axe, the warrior and the chariot, male- and female figurines. The use of the particular symbols seem to be concentrated in the province of Bohuslän on the western coeast of Sweden, and to a certain extent in Denmark. a few examples of this features are also found in other parts of Sweden, mainly in the provinces considered central areas during the Bronze Age (Scania and Östergötland).

various reasons for interaction and transmission of symbols and ideas between Scandinavia, Europe and the Mediterranean during the Early and Late Bronze Age are considered, and discussed in terms of a theorethical and methodological strategy for interpreting exchange and cultural interaction in a Bronze Age context. The spread of knowledge of the meaning of foreign symbols could possibly be closely connected with items of status and prestige, visible in the archaeological record and closely linked to the rise of chiefly elites on the Continent.

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2001. 9-28 p.
Keyword [en]
Symbols, Rock Art, the Mediterranean, South Scandinavia, Bronze Age, Transmission
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Archaeology Archaeology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-15842ISBN: 1 84171 271 XOAI: diva2:182362
Available from: 2008-12-11 Created: 2008-12-11Bibliographically approved

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