By Johan Ling
Rock paintings and Seascapes in Uppland offers a clean method of the precise research of a variety of over eighty rock artwork panels positioned with regards to the current beach of Uppland, Sweden, which come with a few 2000 send depictions one of the assorted figurative artwork. utilizing GPS size mixed with distinct learn of the terrain, topography and relative sea point info as a way to current actual maps of the panels, the site and value of the unique positioning of rock artwork pictures relating to their contemporaneous sea coast is proven and modelled. the results when it comes to chronology, typology, panorama, social perform and iconography are mentioned and new interpretations for the connection among Bronze Age rock paintings, shore displacement, cost and burial websites awarded. this is often the 1st quantity in a collaborative sequence of neighborhood and case stories (The Swedish Rock paintings learn sequence) with the Swedish Rock paintings examine Archive (SRARA), collage of Gothenburg
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Photo by Kjellén, EM. 2. l. Photo by Kjellén, EM & SHFA. 3. Documentation of the ships located on the higher part on Boglösa 131:1. Note the different colours, black and grey denote that the images have been made with different depths. Documentation by Broström 2009. 4. Photo of the lowest located ship image on the outcrop, showing typological features of the EBA period II. l. which indicates that it could not have been produced during the beginning of EBA period I. Photo by Kjellén, EM & SHFA.
The highest part of the engraved panel, Boglösa 138:1, displaying the cloak or chair depiction as well as rather large ships with typical features from EBA period I, with inward curved stems and horizontal keel extension. Documentation by Broström 2008. such as fishing, transport, communication, warfare and travel (Malinowski 1922, Solheim 1940, Weibust 1958, van Ginkel 1987, Helskog 1999, Hultktrantz 1992, Sognnes 2001, Westerdahl 2005, Ling 2008). Anthropologists such as Arnold van Gennep, Bronislaw Malinowski and Rob van Ginkel use concepts such as anxiety, ambiguity and liminality to describe specific socio-ritual or socio-structural behaviour at sea.
In fact, Uppland is one of the regions in Sweden where LBA bronze items are most numerous, leading many scholars to argue that at that time this region was engaged in expansionary geopolitical affairs (Larsson 1986, Eriksson 2009). Finally, in addition to the rock art on fixed features of the landscape, there are finds of portable rocks with images from the BA. About 10 stones with ship images and other figures have been recorded in the area. After this brief account it is time to turn back to the essence of this study, namely the figurative rock art in SW Uppland.