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Roaring rocks: an audio-visual perspective on hunter-gatherer engravings in Northern Sweden and Scandinavia
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4640-8784
2018 (English)In: Narratives and journeys in rock art: a reader / [ed] George Nash, Aron Masel, Oxford: Archaeopress, 2018, p. 375-407Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article attempts to extend the study of rock-art beyond the visual to include the non-visual experiences and perceptions of human beings. It is argued that there is ‘more than meets the eye’ when interpreting rock-art. Rather than restricting interpretation to the visual, the relationship between rock ‘art’, rock-art ‘site’ and the wider landscape is considered as articulated within a socially and historically specific Neolithic (ca. 4000–500 BC) hunter-gatherer ‘mindscape’. An audio-visual perspective is argued, where the auditory sense and visual experience of the landscape combine in a vital interplay that is essential to the interpretation of 25 out of about 80 known rock-engraving sites in northern Scandinavia (ca. 33%). These sites have in common a strong water-centric focus; in particular noisy, running water. This approach provides a more profound understanding of these rock-art sites and the prehistoric use of ‘images’ as transmitters of different kinds of knowledge from the mundane to the esoteric. It is argued that the ebb and flow of water and human breath are analogous within a frame of enquiry that also considers shamanistic practice in approaching and experiencing these rock-engraving sites. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Archaeopress, 2018. p. 375-407
Keywords [en]
rock art, audio-visual, northern Europe, mesolithic, neolithic, hunter gatherer
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Archaeology
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Humanities, Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-78881ISBN: 9781784915605 (print)ISBN: 978 1 78491 561 2 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-78881DiVA, id: diva2:1264111
Note

Originially published in: Norwegian Archaeological Review Vol. 35, No. 1, 2002, pp. 29-61

Available from: 2018-11-19 Created: 2018-11-19 Last updated: 2019-02-11Bibliographically approved

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