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The Beauty is in the Act of the Beholder: South Scandinavian Rock Art from a Uses of the Past-Perspective
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.
2012 (English)In: Encountering Imagery: Materialities, Perceptions, Relations / [ed] Fredrik Fahlander, Ylva Sjöstrand, Stockholm: Stockholm University, 2012, 77-96 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

South Scandinavian rock art is one of prehistory’s most impressive and complex expressions of figurative material culture. But a question that is seldom discussed is how the rock art sites and motifs were used and interpreted after the tradition of making figurative rock art had come to an end. This is especially interesting since excavations at rock art sites have revealed a high number of finds and features from later periods as well. In this article I will discuss some of these excavation results from three major rock art regions in southern Scandinavia: the Himmelstalund-region of south-eastern Sweden, the Tanum-area on the West Coast of Sweden and the Danish island of Bornholm. My proposal is that the finds and features found at rock art sites can be interpreted as the material remains of a dialogue with the past. My aim is to broaden the understanding of rock art, and I believe that we should not limit our research to the way the figures were used and interpreted in their Bronze Age context.

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Stockholm: Stockholm University, 2012. 77-96 p.
Stockholm Studies in Archaeology, ISSN 0349-4128 ; 57
Keyword [en]
rock art, bronze age, iron age, uses of the past
Keyword [sv]
hällristningar, hällbilder, historiebruk
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-129442ISBN: 9789197825795OAI: diva2:922330
Available from: 2016-04-22 Created: 2016-04-22 Last updated: 2016-06-22Bibliographically approved

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