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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  • We visited this World Heritage Site area on a coach tour from the town of Lysekil, where our cruise ship was in port. Our first stop was at the associated Museum and Visitor Centre at Vitlycke. This a...  more »
  • Visits in Tanum-both in the Museum and in the Park and in the open-air museum was the perfect introduction to our trip to Scandinavia. Thanks to this we knew for example. why one and not the other graphics you have selected for the medals from Lillehammer. Drawings, but rather a rock, can are not spectacular, but the land on which they are located is charming, and the multimedia Museum (free), with small (unfortunately for us, dear), kawianią and skansen and the truth, beautifully landscaped area. The area is ideal for a long walk, or a stopover. You can rent bikes and go for a long trip. In the Museum we will receive a map of other places in the area, in which there are pictographs.
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  • Thanks to that, but in the later decades marked rock carvings with color, even those with weaker sight see the carvings, which the crowd makes them the largest in Sweden and also the most famous!
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  • 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
  • A must for everyone. Experience the connection with our ancestors. Let your imagination go. Very nice place to visit. Parking,shop and toilet on site.
  • Beautiful and interesting view of bronze age carvings. Really suggested having the tour guide explaining all carvings, definitely prepared people doing that. 5 stars.
  • Must see. Beautiful scenery and excellent museum. Lots to see but also suitable for quick trips if you don't have much time.
  • Small but awesome if you like historical places. A free guide for more information...

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