A 6 Km Petroglyph Walk Amongst Farmers’ Fields in Tanum, Sweden

Exploring the primary petroglyph site of Tanum was so much fun we opted to go on a second walk called Vandringsled.

A 6 km petroglyph walk amongst farmer's fields in Tanum, SwedenThe initial part of a 6 km petroglyph walk among the farmers’ fields. A 6 km petroglyph walk amongst farmer's fields in Tanum, SwedenA 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. A large granite outcropping covered with petroglyphsThe first batch of petroglyphs with lots of boats and acrobatic performances. Petroglyphs of boats full of bronze age people chipped out of the granite at Tanum, a UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre in SwedenThe shaman wearing a bird mask. Bronze Age petroglyphs of a man possibly playing a musical instrument chipped out of the granite at Tanum World Heritage Rock Art Centre in SwedenDown across a bridge to Gerumhällen.A directional sign on our walk to GerumhallenBoat petroglyphs on a sign at Gerumhällen.Boats on a sign explaining the glyphs on a 6 Km Petroglyph Walk Amongst Farmer's Fields in Tanum, SwedenThe 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’.The Gerum Maypole on a 6 Km Petroglyph Walk Amongst Farmer's Fields in Tanum, SwedenWhat followed was a lovely stroll through farmlands, the way discretely marked with red ochre arrows. A discrete trail marker on a fence post on our walk through farmland to the Vandring petroglyph sitesBenches place along the route. A wooden bench on the walk through the hills and dales of Tanum in search of petroglyphs (Sweden)Some of the walk takes you along a road past several farms. A fence on our walk through farmland to the Vandring petroglyph sitesCows all in a row coming up to greet Al as we follow along a path. Cows all in a row come up to examine Al on our walk through framer's fields in order to see the petroglyphs of TanumThe map of the three Sotetorp sites.Walking route map of Tanum, a UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre with petroglyphs by the Bronze Age people of Sweden The petroglyph of a boat, not painted red. Petroglyph of a boat with an acrobatic displayThe 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).Acrobat notes at Tanum, a UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre with petroglyphs by the Bronze Age people of SwedenThe net at Sotetorp 2 is considered a significant petroglyph. A large granite outcropping covered with a petroglyph of a netAccording 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.
Notes on the Tanum petroglyph of a netThe  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. A directional sign on our walk to the 'Processions' petroglyphThe pamphlet describing the walk. More about our trip to Denmark & Sweden in 2018.

4 responses to “A 6 Km Petroglyph Walk Amongst Farmers’ Fields in Tanum, Sweden

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