Exploring the primary petroglyph site of Tanum was so much fun we opted to go on a second walk called Vandringsled.
The initial part of a 6 km petroglyph walk among the farmers’ fields. A very discrete route marker led us to this petroglyph-covered granite outcropping in a woodland. It is called Lövåsen on the route map at the bottom of this post. The first batch of petroglyphs with lots of boats and acrobatic performances. The shaman wearing a bird mask. Down across a bridge to Gerumhällen.Boat petroglyphs on a sign at Gerumhällen.The petroglyphs here weren’t painted red and were quite hard to see and even harder to photograph. The archeologists think that this is a scene around a ‘maypole’.What followed was a lovely stroll through farmlands, the way discretely marked with red ochre arrows. Benches place along the route. Some of the walk takes you along a road past several farms. Cows all in a row coming up to greet Al as we follow along a path. The map of the three Sotetorp sites.The petroglyph of a boat, not painted red. The description of the above petroglyph shows that the Nordic ancestors liked boats (and they still do) and doing acrobatics (only now they call it gymnastics).The net at Sotetorp 2 is considered a significant petroglyph. According to the archeologists this is not likely to be two boats dragging a huge net between them and trawling for fish, but rather a symbolic image of the world as these Bronze Age people pictured it, connecting all the peoples together.
The procession is the six ghostly figures at the bottom of the sign. They were not overly visible and appeared to painted with a type of white wash. The pamphlet describing the walk. More about our trip to Denmark & Sweden in 2018.
Very interesting..something I have never heard of
There are so many amazing places in the world – I had never heard of it either until I was checking out what to do on that coast of Sweden.
It’s amazing what you find when you look further and outside of the box
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