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Sagaholm: North European bronze age rock art and burial ritual
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4640-8784
2016 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This monograph presents and discuss a rock art find in the form of engravings from a Bronze Age barrow in Ljungarum parish, Jönköping Län, situated in the central part of southern Sweden. The site, Sagaholm, contains the largest group of finds of rock engravings in a burial context in northern Europe. The main purpose is to present some aspects of the use of rock engravings in burial rituals during the Middle Bronze Age (ca. 1500–1100 cal BC). The antiquarian and scientific history of this extraordinary find are discussed. In order to understand the meaning and significance of the rock art in the barrow, the author presents a theoretical argument that the rock art is meaningfully composed and can been seen as a result of an active symbolic praxis which mirrors a metaphorical way of thinking. Special concern is given to the frequent horse motifs at Sagaholm and it is argued that they,

and the morphology of this particular barrow, can be seen as a metaphor for a new and exotic cosmology that reached southern Scandinavia during the Middle Bronze Age. The author further suggests that this extraordinary find points to a re/interpretation of Scandinavian Bronze Age rock art as an important part of the burial ritual, which is linked to certain beliefs about the regeneration of life. 

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Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2016. , 140 p.
Keyword [en]
Sagaholm, rock art, rock engravings, Bronze Age, Middle Bronze Age, burial ritual, symbolic practice, metaphors, metaphorical thinking
National Category
Archaeology
Research subject
Humanities, Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-56458ISBN: 978-1-78570-264-8 (print)ISBN: 978-1-78570-265-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-56458DiVA: diva2:968008
Available from: 2016-09-11 Created: 2016-09-11 Last updated: 2016-10-26Bibliographically approved

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