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|Description ||Site in Norway: Bolarein carved reindeer photographed in September 2003|
| This is strange - a lot less stylised than most.|
| Dear Rudolf, Please tell Santa that PAB wants a kite-camera!|
(He does look rather 'modern', don't you think?)
| The Bolarein site is somewhat unusual - I have visited a number of these rock carving sites in Norway and Sweden and often they are much more stylised. There is a similar nice bear carving nearby (I have not got a photo of it). My photos of the carvings at Oldtidsveien (Fredrikstad environs) and Bohuslan (in Sweden and 90 km south of Fredrikstad) show very stylised carvings, but as they are film rather than digital pictures and taken on less than perfect days by an amateur photographer they are not very good and have not scanned well. I apologise for the lack of Scandinavian characters in the spellings of my text - am still a learner with this site. |
|Martin L |
| This is not that strange.|
There are some similar sites in northern Scandinavia.
The older (~ stone age) carvings/paintings are often less stylised than the younger (~late neolitic/bronze/ironage ones. But of course this reindeer is one of the best preserved carvings of the naturalistic type (possibly due to its location on a nearly vertical rock face) . And access is very easy. This is not the case at other locations. There also is a large interest to protect other sites of that type as they are more fragile.
|Martin L |
| One of many examples:|
(Access is very difficult here, so it is fortunately protected).
| I see. These pre-date sites like Tanum and Alta hence the stylistic difference - more naturalistic like the French caves. As man became more sophisticated these images became symbols, I guess.|
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