Sublima ristningar: Sökandet efter bronsåldersideologi i hällristningsområden kring Enköping, Norrköping och Skåne
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
The aim of this study has been to revaluate Bronze Age society using rock art as an archaeological material. It has also sought to question certain prevailing interpretative trends within the research of rock art; ascribing it as ritual practices, expression of a social elite and the adoption of symbols from cultures along the Mediterranean Sea. This has chiefly been made possible through the application of Slavoj Žižeks ideas about the ideological fantasy and the sublime object of ideology. The thesis proposes a connection between art and ideology. A selected sampling of rock carvings from three areas in Sweden has been made in order to further investigate the relationship between different figurative motives both at a regional level, as well as a local. This study claims that rather than having been under the control of an elite, rock art has been accessible for the majority of the population both to produce and view. The depiction of human representation as rock carving does not depict a clear social stratification. It is also argued that the idea of images displayed on the rocks having roots in the imagery of Mediterranean civilizations is a construct of current western ideology, as the symbolic connection between the cultures is tenable at best, according to this study.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Rock art, Bronze age, Ideology, Post-colonialism, Scandinavia, Enköping, Norrköping, Scania
Hällristningar, Bronsålder, Ideologi, Post-kolonialism, Skandinavien, Enköping, Norrköping, Skåne
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-131457OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-131457DiVA: diva2:939823
Fahlander, Fredrik, Docent