Tanum rock carvings

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These superb carvings from the early Bronze Age (1500-500 BC) - more than 350 scenes spread over several sites (Vitlycke, Aspeberget, Litlseby, Fossum) - were perhaps made in ochre rouge; furthermore some have been repainted so that they can be seen more easily. Their meaning remains unknown, although you can make out animals, humans (sketches of a woman with long hair, a man distinguishable by his penis) and boats which bear a strange resemblance to Viking langskips. These figures might illustrate fertility rites and work in the fields.

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