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- DescriptionThis major new study by one of Europe's leading prehistorians presents and discusses a series of rock art engravings from a Bronze Age barrow in Ljungarum parish, Jonkoping Lan, situated in the central part of southern Sweden. Sagaholm contains the largest group of rock engravings discovered in a burial context in rthern Europe. Joachim Goldhahn addresses a number of aspects of the use of rock engravings in burial rituals during the Middle Bronze Age (c. 1600-1100 BC), combining the antiquarian and scientific history of this extraordinary find. In order to understand the meaning and significance of the rock art in the barrow, the author presents a theoretical argument that the art is meaningfully composed and can been seen as the 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. It is further suggested that this extraordinary find points to a (re)interpretation of Scandinavian Bronze Age rock art as an important part of burial ritual, linked to certain beliefs about the regeneration of life.
- Author BiographyJoakim Goldhahn is Professor of Archaeology at the Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden. His main research interests are in the north European Bronze Age, especially the relationship between rock art, land-, mind- and soundscapes, burial rituals, and cosmology as well as archaeologcal theory and historiography.
- Author(s)Joachim Goldhahn
- PublisherOxbow Books
- Date of Publication06/10/2016
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxbow Books
- Content Noteb/w and colour
- Weight522 g
- Width220 mm
- Height280 mm
- Spine10 mm
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