The 5 Chinese Elements in Sweden

Tanum, a UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre, is famous for its petroglyphs put there 10,000 years ago by the Bronze Age people who lived in this area in northern Sweden.

Metal, bronze of course. Surprisingly, these people had no sources of tin and copper which were used to make bronze. What they did have was numerous trade routes where they traded amber and flint for these valuable metals that mostly came from the far-off British Isles. Round bronze metal shield fabricated by the Bronze Age people that lived at Tanum, a UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre in SwedenWood, used for building quite elaborate and attractive shelters.Screen of woven wood next to the door of a shelter built by the Bronze Age people that lived at Tanum, a UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre in SwedenEarth. And stone to form cairns to bury their dead. Cairn marking a grave of the Bronze Age people that lived at Tanum, a UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre in SwedenUndoubtably they had fire which was needed to forge bronze. And they probably had fire pits very much like this one where one could hang out on a summer’s evening. (This is offsite but I figure things haven’t changed that much in 10,000 years. Lit candles lead the way to a firepit on a warm summer's night in SwedenWater. This was the surprise; there are only a few ponds in this region, but apparently the weather in the north of Sweden 10,000 years ago was very much like the south of France now, and with the warmer temperatures came much higher water levels. Pond at Tanum, a UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre in Sweden These people spent most of their life on the water as their petroglyphs of boats and more boats show! Petroglyphs of boats full of bronze age people chipped out of the granite at Tanum, a UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre in SwedenPetroglyphs of boats full of bronze age people chipped out of the granite at Tanum, a UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre in SwedenMore of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: The Elements.

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