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Sun Nov 10, 2019, 07:23 PM

'Stone age seafarers' depicted in newly discovered rock art in Sweden


Johanna Hillgren
Phys.org
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:00 UTC




South-west Sweden's best preserved rock painting has now been dated it is from the late Stone Age. With the aid of new technologies, researchers at the University of Gothenburg have been able to reveal a number of previously unknown motifs that are no longer visible to the naked eye. The most important of these newly discovered motifs are boats with elk-head stems. This is the first time that these kinds of boats have been documented in southern or western Scandinavia and these motifs provide further evidence of the long-distance sea voyages undertaken by Stone Age maritime hunters.

Archaeology students from the University of Gothenburg have been visiting Tumlehed on excursions for many years. There in the Gothenburg suburb of Torslanda, on the island of Hisingen and barely 15 kms from the center of the city lies the best-preserved and most complex prehistoric rock painting in south-west Sweden.



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Archaeologist Bettina Schulz Paulsson was inspired to test the methods she wanted to use for a project on megalithic art in Europe (in a previous project she charted the origins of megalith graves and how they spread across Europe a discovery that earlier this year was published in the high-ranking journal PNAS) on the rock painting in Tumlehed.

"I wanted to test the method I used for my last project at a site in my local area and it ended up generating spectacular results!" says Bettina Schulz Paulsson.

In recent years, what we know about prehistory has undergone quite a change thanks to ever-advancing technological development. Today, there are new technologies for documenting and analysing rock paintings that are many thousands of years old.

More:
https://www.sott.net/article/423644-Stone-age-seafarers-depicted-in-newly-discovered-rock-art-in-Sweden

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Mon Nov 11, 2019, 05:51 PM

1. wowzers

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Mon Nov 11, 2019, 07:42 PM

2. Amazing

and beautiful.

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Mon Nov 11, 2019, 07:48 PM

3. Fascinating

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Mon Nov 11, 2019, 10:31 PM

4. I'm so glad I saw this! Fascinating! ❤️

Sigh!

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