Petroglyphs

During the Bronze Age three thousand years ago, people carved into figures and characters in the rocks. In Blekinge there are seven areas with petroglyphs, many of them on the coast road south.

The waterways were important during the Bronze Age and the larger hällristningsområderna located in areas of the archipelago. On the rocks at the county’s former coast you can see including images of ships, soles, horses and carvings. Skålgropen is the most common ristningssymbolen and dates back to the Stone Age into the Iron Age.

The motifs consist of people, ships, horses and riders, deer, sun wheels, soles and carvings. The rock carvings are dated to the Bronze Age, around 1000 BC.

Sun cross, also known as ring cross, wheel cross and sun wheel, a symbol consisting of a Greek cross surrounded by a circle. There was a common symbol in Scandinavian rock art as early as the Bronze Age and was able to symbolize the sun wheel and special wheels of the sun chariot.

A bowl pit (also called älvkvarn), is a pit carved in stone or rock face with sizes ranging from 5-10 mm diameter up to over 300 mm.

Although we speak of carvings that are carvings, as well as other petroglyphs, mostly carved with a knack stone. In some cases, the motives also been created by some kind of chisel.

The most common interpretation of the pits is that they played an important role in the fertility cult. One hypothesis is that the ritual ground grains in them, because most is adjacent to the ancient fields.

21 December 2016