World Heritage Photos

Rock Carvings in Tanum

Rock Carvings in Tanum: The rock carvings are located around Tanumshede in Sweden. The Rock Carvings in Tanum show the social life of the people from the Bronze Age, their beliefs, rites and spiritual life. Most of the Rock Carvings in Tanum can be dated to 1000-500 BC. The Vitlycke rock is unique in containing imagery relating to love, magic and power. The rock is covered with more than 400 figures, but the depiction of women is scare. The great rock at Aspeberget shows us mighty bulls, warriors, sun symbols and a lot of ships. The Litsleby Spear God is 2.30 m high and Europe's largest Bronze Age human representation. The Fussum rock indicates that the rock art was made by a single artist. The Rock Art Sites of Tanum are: Vitlycke, Aspeberget, Litsleby, Fossum, Gerum and Kalleby. Most of the carvings have been filled-in with red paint. This has been done by the people of the Vitlycke Museum to make the Rock Carvings in Tanum easier to see. If the Rock Carvings in Tanum were also painted-in during the Bronze Age is not known. Two burial cairns are located near the Vitlycke rock. The burial cairns of Tanum were built by people of the Bronze Age. The Rock Carvings in Tanum gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1994. Some other important Rock Art sites elsewhere in Europe: AltaVal Camonica, Siega Verde and Côa Valley. World Heritage Art: Vitlycke

www.werelderfgoedfotos.nl   © Copyright   World Heritage Photos

Rock Carvings in Tanum - Rock Carvings in Tanum: The Vitlycke rock is unique in containing imagery relating to love, magic and power. Most of the figures on the...

Rock Carvings in Tanum: The Vitlycke rock is unique in containing imagery relating to love,

magic and power. Most of the figures on the Vitlycke rock can be dated to the Late Bronze

Age, 1000-500 BC. The last carved images are from the beginning of the Iron Age, 500 BC. 

The Rock Carvings in Tanum gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1994.

  1. Rock Carvings in Tanum - Rock Carvings in Tanum: The Vitlycke rock is unique in containing imagery relating to love, magic and power. Most of the figures on the...

    Rock Carvings in Tanum: The Vitlycke rock is unique in containing imagery relating to love,

    magic and power. Most of the figures on the Vitlycke rock can be dated to the Late Bronze

    Age, 1000-500 BC. The last carved images are from the beginning of the Iron Age, 500 BC. 

    The Rock Carvings in Tanum gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1994.

  2. Rock Carvings in Tanum - Rock Carvings in Tanum: The Vitlycke rock. The rock carvings in Tanum face the south or the east. The rock carvings were purposely...

    Rock Carvings in Tanum: The Vitlycke rock.

    The rock carvings in Tanum face the south or the east. The rock carvings were purposely

    carved on rocks where water runs down the surface after rainfall. The rays of the morning

    sun are reflected by this water. Perhaps this effect was a conscious inclusion in the concept.

  3. Rock Carvings in Tanum - Rock Carvings in Tanum: On the right the famous Lovers of Vitlycke or the Bridal Couple. The Vitlycke rock is unique in containing...

    Rock Carvings in Tanum: On the right the famous Lovers of Vitlycke or the Bridal Couple.

    The Vitlycke rock is unique in containing imagery relating to love, several scenes show a

    fertility cult. On the left a huge phallic man figure raising an axe. The cup mark under the

    feet of the Lovers of Vitlycke is interpreted as a symbol of fertility and life.

  4. Rock Carvings in Tanum - Rock Carvings in Tanum: A detail of the Vitlycke rock, the rock carvings depict boats with people aboard. Most of the carvings at Tanum have...

    Rock Carvings in Tanum: A detail of the Vitlycke rock, the rock carvings depict boats with

    people aboard. Most of the carvings at Tanum have been filled-in with red paint. This has

    been done by the people of the Vitlycke Rock Art Museum at Tanum to make the carvings

    easier to see, if the rock carvings were also painted-in during the Bronze Age is not known.

  5. Rock Carvings in Tanum - Rock Carvings in Tanum: A smaller rock near Vitlycke. The carving on the left is unique, small footprints leading to a pool. The footprints...

    Rock Carvings in Tanum: A smaller rock near Vitlycke.

    The carving on the left is unique, small footprints leading to a pool. The footprints

    may represent a god to exalted to be directly portrayed. As similar prints are found

    on burial urns and stones from graves they have been seen as a symbol of death.

  6. Rock Carvings in Tanum - Rock Carvings in Tanum: A small rock near Vitlycke, the depiction shows a very virile warrior. The Vitlycke rock is covered with...

    Rock Carvings in Tanum: A small rock near Vitlycke, the depiction shows a very virile warrior.

    The Vitlycke rock is covered with more than 400 figures, the depiction of women is scare.

    The Vitlycke rock art panel at Tanum is one of the largest and most important rock art sites

    in Scandinavia. The Rock Carvings in Tanum were declared an UNSECO World Heritage.

  7. Rock Carvings in Tanum - Rock Carvings in Tanum: The Vitlycke rock depicts several phallic warriors with an axe. There is also row of cup marks running across the...

    Rock Carvings in Tanum: The Vitlycke rock depicts several phallic warriors with an axe.

    There is also row of cup marks running across the rock surace. The rock art was chipped

    or ground into the rock. The tool used would have been a hard stone. The Vitlycke rock

    art is situated just opposite the Vitlycke Rock Art Museum.

  8. Rock Carvings in Tanum - Rock Carvings in Tanum: A smaller rock near Vitlycke, the rock carvings represent boats with warriors aboard. The oldest rock carvings...

    Rock Carvings in Tanum: A smaller rock near Vitlycke, the rock carvings represent boats with

    warriors aboard. The oldest rock carvings date back to around 1700 BC, the rcarvings depict

    everyday life and seafaring scenes. The last rock carvings at Tanum were made just before

    the beginning of the Common Era.

  9. Rock Carvings in Tanum - Rock Carvings in Tanum: The great rock at Aspeberget shows us mighty bulls, warriors, many boats with a crew, sun symbols, an unique...

    Rock Carvings in Tanum: The great rock at Aspeberget shows us mighty bulls, warriors, many

    boats with a crew, sun symbols, an unique shinning sun symbol. The bulls have a religious

    meaning, they also represented fertility, strength and courage. Many of the rock carvings at

    Aspeberget are not painted and also harder to find.

  10. Rock Carvings in Tanum - The rock carvings in Tanum are located around the small village of Tanumshede in Sweden. The rock carvings in Tanum shows the social...

    The rock carvings in Tanum are located around the small village of Tanumshede in Sweden.

    The rock carvings in Tanum shows the social life of the people from the Bronze Age, their

    beliefs, their rites and spiritual life, the depiction of women is scare. The Rock Carvings in

    Tanum gained status as UNESCO World Heritage in 1994.

  11. Rock Carvings in Tanum - Rock Carvings in Tanum: A rock carving of a large sun wheel into the rock at Aspeberget. The largest concentration of rock carvings...

    Rock Carvings in Tanum: A rock carving of a large sun wheel into the rock at Aspeberget.

    The largest concentration of rock carvings in the area is situated at Aspeberget, this hill is

    known as the Holy Mountain. The rock carvings at Aspeberget are spread over more than

    twenty different rock panels.

  12. Rock Carvings in Tanum - Rock Carvings in Tanum: A detail of the great rock at Aspeberget in Tanum. Tanum is situated on the west coast of Sweden,...

    Rock Carvings in Tanum: A detail of the great rock at Aspeberget in Tanum. Tanum is situated

    on the west coast of Sweden, between Gothenburg and the Norwegian border. The area has

    the largest density of rock carvings in Europe. The rock carvings were created by local people,

    mainly during the Bronze Age. The purpose of the rock carvings remains unknown.

  13. Rock Carvings in Tanum - Rock Carvings in Tanum: A rock at Aspeberget. On the left a depiction that probably represent a calendar, the 28 cup...

    Rock Carvings in Tanum: A rock at Aspeberget. On the left a depiction that probably represent

    a calendar, the 28 cup marks are grouped in four rows are assumed to depict the cycle of the

    moon. Cup marks are found on almost every rock surface at Tanum and probably represent

    the sun, the moon and stars, but also life, death and rebirth. 

  14. Rock Carvings in Tanum - Rock Carvings in Tanum: The Spear God of Litseby.  The Spear God of Litseby is 2.30 metres high and Europe's largest...

    Rock Carvings in Tanum: The Spear God of Litseby. 

    The Spear God of Litseby is 2.30 metres high and Europe's largest Bronze Age human

    representation. Perhaps the Spear God depicts a forerunner of the Viking god Odin.

    The Spear God of Litseby is the largest rock carving in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  15. Rock Carvings in Tanum - Rock Carvings in Tanum: The large rock at Litsleby shows also some footprints, several ships and animals. The earliest rock carvings at...

    Rock Carvings in Tanum: The large rock at Litsleby shows also some footprints, several ships

    and animals. The earliest rock carvings at Litsleby were made in the Middle Bronze Age and 

    the last rock carvings were added in the Early Iron Age. The rock carvings of the footprints are

    interpreted as a the footmarks of the gods.

  16. Rock Carvings in Tanum - Rock Carvings in Tanum: A detail of a rock at Fossum, the rock carvings depict manned boats. The rock art sites in Tanum are located in the...

    Rock Carvings in Tanum: A detail of a rock at Fossum, the rock carvings depict manned boats.

    The rock art sites in Tanum are located in the north of Bohuslän on the west coast of Sweden.

    Some Rock Art Sites of Tanum: Aspeberget, Fossum, Gerum, Kalleby, Litsleby and Vitlycke.

    The Rock Carvings in Tanum were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994.

  17. Rock Carvings in Tanum - Rock Carvings in Tanum: The so-called stick dancers of Fossum. The rock carving depicting scenes of deer hunting, animals...

    Rock Carvings in Tanum: The so-called stick dancers of Fossum.

    The rock carving depicting scenes of deer hunting, animals and people stick dancing.

    The rock at Fussum indicates that the rock art was probably made by a single artist.

    The Rock Carvings in Tanum gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1994.

  18. Rock Carvings in Tanum - Rock Carvings in Tanum: A detail of the rock carvings at Fossum. Three man are standing on board, while above them hover two bird like...

    Rock Carvings in Tanum: A detail of the rock carvings at Fossum.

    Three man are standing on board, while above them hover two bird like figures. At Fossum

    several boats are depicted with animal-head formed stems. The tradition of adorning boats

    with animal-heads survived through the Viking period.

  19. Rock Carvings in Tanum - Rock Carvings in Tanum: A detail of the Fossum Rock, a hunting scene with three dogs. The most famous rock carvings in Tanum are the...

    Rock Carvings in Tanum: A detail of the Fossum Rock, a hunting scene with three dogs.

    The most famous rock carvings in Tanum are the Lovers of Vitlycke, the Spear God of

    Litseby and the Woman of Fossum. The meaning of the rock carvings in Tanum has been

    greatly debated. The Rock Carvings in Tanum were declared an UNESCO World Heritage.

  20. Rock Carvings in Tanum - Rock Carvings in Tanum: The Tanum burial cairns near Vitlycke were built by people of the Bronze Age. The burial cairns were shaped...

    Rock Carvings in Tanum: The Tanum burial cairns near Vitlycke were built by people of the

    Bronze Age. The burial cairns were shaped with great care as visual landmarks both for their

    own people and seafarers. There are many indications that Vitlycke was a place where people

    met to cement the affinity of the worlds of men, nature and gods with ceremonies. Some of

    the carvings at the Vitlycke rock may perhaps date from such occasions.