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Skepplanda Rock Art

As I returned to Skepplanda this afternoon I saw a road sign just outside of Skepplanda saying; Rock carvings (Skepplanda 20:1). 

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So I stopped the car and took a quick walk – the pathfinder sign is due for replacement though.

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The rock carving was set at big rock wall at Stugåsberget, in my eyes it’s a bit of an odd placement but I’m no expert of the Swedish west coast rock carvings. These are normally dated to the Bronze Age, ca 1800-500 BC in Scandinavia.

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The motive is a rather large ship ca 3 x 0,5 m and a wagon/carriage just below to the left.

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Magnus Reuterdahl


Alvhem Rock Art

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In Alvhem (= the home of the elves) ca 40 km northeast of Gothenburg on Jätteberget (the mountain of giants) is a small rock with a number of beautiful rock carvings, Skepplanda 56:1. The rock is ca 10 x 5 m.

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Most of the carvings on this rock are of ships but there are also few animals and couple of humans and some cup marks etc.

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On top of the mountain is a cairn, though heavily damaged (since long ago), and a few hundred meters north of the rock carvings finds of flint has been made.

Magnus Reuterdahl


Cup marks or are they?

Cup marks is a type of rock art, in Småland these represent the most usual type of rock art. In Kronoberg County there are ca 540 sites where rock art has been registered (see FMIS). With a site I mean (in this case) that one or several carved, engraved or polished figures have been made on flat rocks or on boulders. The cup marks found in these parts are often ca 3-6 cm in diameter and 0,5-2 cm in depth. It is assumed that most of these are from the Bronze Age, though there are those that are assumed to be older and younger some from the Middle Ages or more recent periods. I

“Standard” Smålandic prehistoric cup marks made upon a boulder.

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They are not that easy to spot, as they do not have sharp edges, their edges are smooth and this makes near to invisible, there fore I have made a ring around one of them.

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A few days ago a colleague and me visited one of these sites. As we studied the cup marks we began discussing wheatear or not these particular cup marks where cup marks or not. These cup marks have a mark after a chisel at the bottom why we argue that these probably are due to more modern activities, probably to make holes to dived big boulders like this one. This particular boulder has been split into at least two parts. Normally the cup marks look like they have been grinded or polished.

Remains that resembles like “cup marks” with chisel marks

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We are open to other interpretations as well though we believe that ours is a plausible one.

Magnus Reuterdahl


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