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Rock Art, Landscape and Interaction: Examples from Bronze Age Bohuslän
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.
2005 (English)In: TAPA 33 (Traballos de Arqueoloxía e Patrimonio): Reflexiones sobre arte rupestre, paisaje, forma y contenido, ISSN 1579-5357, no 33, 123-137 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. no 33, 123-137 p.
Keyword [en]
Rock art, Acrobats, Bronze Age, Landscapes, Interaction, Communication, Transmission, South Scandinavia, Mediterranean
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Archaeology Archaeology Archaeology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-15878OAI: diva2:182398
Available from: 2008-12-11 Created: 2008-12-11 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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