Rock Art Reveals Prehistoric Seafaring in Sweden

New technology has allowed experts to understand some enigmatic Stone Age rock-art in Sweden, revealing that prehistoric people were already taking to the seas. Archaeologists have been able to reveal a number of images that are not visible to the eye, for the first time. They have been able also to date the pictographs. As a result, researchers now have a better understanding of Stone Age seafarers and society, in this part of Europe.

The rock-art is located on some rocks at Tumlehed, near Gothenburg, in the south-west of Sweden.  These images are on the island of Hisingen, a suburb of Gothenburg, some 11 miles (15 km) from the center of Swedens second city. They are considered to be some of the best-preserved examples of rock art in all of Scandinavia. However, many of the images have badly faded and are now hard to make out by the naked eye. The site has been regularly investigated by archaeologists in recent decades.

Study of Rock Art

New technologies have allowed many new discoveries to be made in recent years. Archaeologist Bettina Schulz Paulsson and her colleagues decided to use the new technologies to study and date the rock art at Tumlehed, some of which were developed by NASA.  According to Mirage News The new technologies used on the Tumlehed rock painting included the digital image enhancing program Dstretch.

Tumlehed rock art (Gunnar Creutz / CC by SA 3.0)

A student assisted the archaeologists in the study. Fredrik Frykman Markurth used a portable X-ray fluores....

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