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Straight or bent legs?: On variation among the elks of the Naemforen rock carvings
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.
2010 (English)In: Fornvännen, ISSN 0015-7813, Vol. 105, no 1, 9-19 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The paper analyses variation among the elks depicted in rock carvings at Namforsen, Angermanland, northern Sweden. A central difference among the elks is found in the angle of their legs. Some elks have legs in the shape of vertical lines while others have flexed knees. The straight-legged type is more common but rarely executed in the surface-pecked technique. Only about twelve of the elks combine both qualities. There is also an interesting pattern in the elks' relationship to humans. Of the elks within 1 metre's radius of a human figure, 93% have straight legs. Contourpecked elks are similar to footprint carvings. The interpretation offered is that the elk motif was a key symbol that expressed the classifications central to society. One of these classifications was, it is suggested, the distinction between the static and the mobile.

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2010. Vol. 105, no 1, 9-19 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-68180ISI: 000294697400002OAI: diva2:472185
authorCount :1Available from: 2012-01-03 Created: 2012-01-03 Last updated: 2012-01-03Bibliographically approved

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