The Rock Carvings in Tanum2015
By Anastacia Sampson
Rock carvings are an important part in the ancient history of Sweden, many of them in the runic alphabet. Yet even before the time of this ancient alphabet, there was an active participation in rock illustrations.
Sweden has a special site of rock carvings in the northernmost part of the country’s western coastline. This is located along the northern parts of the province of Bohuslän, near Tanumshede (a small locality in Västra Götaland County). There are a great number of high quality rock carvings (also known as petroglyphs) in this area and consequently it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There is a large rock in Tanumshede, dated from the Nordic Bronze Age, (from about 1800 to 500 BCE) with petroglyphs and it has become known as Vitlyckehäll. There are even burial mounds, in this area, which have been traced to all those years ago.