This paper presents a survey of rock art symbols from Bohuslän, Sweden with parallels in the Mediterranean area, focusing on representations of acrobats. It also offers aspects on the localization of the rock art sites and on the landscape and geographical setting of the panels where rock
art symbols with parallels in the Mediterranean area are found.
The province of Bohuslän is situated on the West Coast of
Sweden, a barren coastal landscape with smaller islands and
many creeks and islets cutting deep into the coastal line. The
majority of the rock carvings in South Scandinavia are found in
Bohuslän, and the sites discussed in this paper are found in the
northern part of the province, with clusters in Tanum, Kville and
Bottna parishes. Along the coast about 3000 cairns from the
Bronze Age are visible on higher spots in the terrain, often overlo-
oking the sea as well as the inner parts of the landscape. Further
south in Bohuslän, the landscape changes and is dominated by
mounds situated in groups on the plains or single on ridges.
Representations of rock art symbols with parallels in the
Mediterranean area are mainly found in the province of Bohuslän,
with few examples in neighboring areas, in the provinces of
Dalsland in Sweden and Østfold in Norway. Indeed an interesting
fact which raises questions on cultural interaction, exchange
systems and transmission of symbols, ideas and knowledge
during the Bronze Age. The existence of material culture origina-
ting in this area supports the theory of Mediterranean influences in
the Scandinavian Bronze Age culture.
2005. no 33, 123-137 p.
Rock art, Acrobats, Bronze Age, Landscapes, Interaction, Communication, Transmission, South Scandinavia, Mediterranean