Monday, April 07, 2014

Scandinavian Rock Art

Friday evening I went to a lecture with slide projection about Scandinavian rock art by Ellen Meijer (and Jurri Jurriaanse) of The Tanum Museum of Rock Carvings (Tanums Hällristningsmuseum Underslös). The prehistoric images were beaten into the rocks by people from the Nordic Bronze Age and early Iron Age (ca 2000 BC - 300 AD). Ellen showed us pictures and told us lots about the images and how they are interpreted. It can be hard to determine what they represent and especially about the animals not everyone agrees. Some of the images are filled in with red so the tourists can see them, but there are a lot more that are documented by volunteers.
both pictures © Tanums Hällristningsmuseum Underslös

It was a very interesting lecture, told by wonderful people with passion for all the work they do. I won't even try to reproduce the info here; that wouldn't do them justice anyway. I bought the booklets by Ellen & Jurri, so I can explore this subject a bit more. I would love to visit the Tanum World Heritage site and museums!
If you are interested too, here are some links:


  1. Looks incredible! Did they offer any interpretation of the drawings? It's interesting to see some very classically Viking-esque looking boats there, even at such an early date.

    1. Yes, Ellen and the other workers have detailed ideas about the interpretations, although she said it will always be guessing. No one knows for sure. Someone made a study of the boats specifically.

  2. Anonymous14/8/14 11:58

    Hi Tink, Hubby and me have been ther once (by accident!) It is very impressing. If you can get the opportunity to go there take it. I liked it very much. It is a loooong time ago that we've beenthre, but unforgettable :-)
    I hope you're doing fine. (((knuffies)))

    1. Thanks, it's definitely on our to-go-wishlist. :)
      Knuffie right back at ya!


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