The Rock Carvings in Tanum, Tanum

The Rock Carvings in Tanum are a collection of petroglyphs near Tanumshede, Bohuslän, Sweden, which were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994 because of their high concentration.PetroglyphsIn total there are thousands of images called the Tanum petroglyphs, on about 600 panels within the World Heritage Area. These are concentrated in distinct areas along a 25 km stretch, and covers an area of about 51 hectares (126 acres or 0.5 km²).While the region was on the coastline when the drawings were made, it is now at an elevation of 25m.Scandinavian Bronze Age and Iron Age people were sophisticated craftsmen and very competent travelers by water. (Dates for ages vary with the region; in Scandinavia, the Bronze Age is roughly 1800 to 500 BCE) Many of the glyphs depict boats of which some seem to be of the Hjortspring boat type carrying around a dozen passengers. Wagons or carts are also depicted.Other glyphs depict humans with a bow, spear or axe, and others depict hunting scenes. In all cases the pictures show people performing rituals. There is a human at a plough drawn by two oxen, holding what might be a branch or an ox-goading crop made of a number of strips of hide.One of the larger rocks of Nordic Bronze Age petroglyphs in Scandinavia (at 22 metres tall and 6 metres wide), the Vitlyckehäll, is located in Tanumshede. It contains nearly 300 carvings of a variety of scenes, people, and objects.
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  • This sight is fantastic with their old and well-preserved petroglyphs. A must for anyone who wants to know about Swedish history.
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  • Cold and frost the Museum is closed from 11. Rock paintings can be seen, but the size is small and that for the study painted in red color on taste.... But that had been living at the time and our 時重視 from the rock art is funny, view understanding of what is meaningful. Car and have the time, do it through the weather is good, if the Museum is open.
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  • The rock carvings are not free world heritage. Information panels are available also in German. Really exciting to read how people have previously thought. You drove over on ships in the Kingdom of the dead and built rock tombs for the deceased. Very interesting. For better visibility, the carvings are drawn to red. For some, the paint has peeled off something. Also exciting was that the current pollution made by modern humans damaged the rock on which the carvings are. Definitely take time and look at all the sites.
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  • The rock carvings are amazing to see. There are a lot of them in Tanum area, and there are parking places next to the larger ones, with walking routes to the smaller ones + the museum (which we didn't visit). I would recommend going there at summer. We were visiting there in the very beginning of April and a lot of the rock carvings were still covered by ice and snow, though, fortunately not entirely!
  • Fascinating petroglyphs, and there are so many of them that the place has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It does not hurt that the surroundings are very beautiful.
  • Difficult to see the rock carvings as most of them were still under snow and ice. Should really be impressive during summer!
  • Great historic site, with an informative museum
  • Incredible. Old carvings from the bronze age looking very different than what I ever saw before. It makes you wonder who made it and why. It's a nice mystery
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