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308 pages

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Published Jul 2018

Archaeopress Access Archaeology


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Rock Art; Scandinavia; Heritage; Public Archaeology; Archaeology

Giving the Past a Future: Essays in Archaeology and Rock Art Studies in Honour of Dr. Phil. h.c. Gerhard Milstreu

Edited by James Dodd, Ellen Meijer

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This volume celebrates the work of Dr. Phil. h.c. Gerhard Milstreu in his 40th year as director of Tanum Museum of Rock Carving and Rock Art Research Centre, Sweden. A feast of scholarly contributions pay respect to and acknowledge Gerhard’s achievements in the fields of rock art documentation, research, international collaboration and outreach.



Editors Preface; Tabula Gratulatoria; Chapter 1: Art, Artists, Rock Art and Underslös – by James Dodd; Chapter 2: The Sensitive Finger, The Observing Eye And The Sensation Of A Place – by Jarl Nordbladh; Chapter 3: To Let Mute Stones Speak – on the Becoming of Archaeology – by Joachim Goldhahn; Chapter 4: The Chariot of The Sun and other sun horses of The Nordic Bronze Age – including some interesting anatomical details – by Flemming Kaul; Chapter 5: The winged triad in Bronze Age symbolism: birds and their feet – by Kristian Kristiansen; Chapter 6: Gerhard and the rock carvings of Bornholm – by Finn Ole Sonne Nielsen; Chapter 7: Rock Art and Burial Landscapes – Danish Rock Art in Burial Mounds – by Louise Felding; Chapter 8: A sea beyond Europe to the north and west – by Johan Ling & John Koch; Chapter 9: The Wild Boar in Scandinavian Rock Art – by Peter Skoglund; Chapter 10: Women on the move in the Nordic Bronze Age: a case study based on rock art and costume – by Sophie Bergerbrant and Anna Wessman; Chapter 11: Fleshing out the Stickman: A Hypothesis about the Long-Legged Anthropomorphs in Scandinavian Rock Art – by Lisa-Elen Meyering; Chapter 12: The cunning of the fox - a case of zoomorphism in Scandinavian rock art – by Christian Horn; Chapter 13: The duel in place: morphological, structural and spatial variability of a basic scene among Valcamonica Iron Age rock art – by Alberto Marretta; Chapter 14: Symbolic Concordance: a transparent approach to archetype – by Umberto Sansoni; Chapter 15: Rock Carvings at Stuberg in Stjørdal, Trøndelag, Norway – by Kalle Sognnes; Chapter 16: “On the beaten track”: considerations on the rock art at Foss in the Gauldal Valley, Trøndelag County, Norway – by Kjell André Brevik; Chapter 17: What we see is what we get - Seeing Sandhalsan with new «eyes» – by Jan Magne Gjerde & Heidrun Stebergløkken; Chapter 18: Giants Cauldrons and Rock Art – by Magnus Tangen; Chapter 19: Snowshoes and skis in North European rock art – by Knut Helskog; Chapter 20: Following the bear through the rocks – by Elena Man-Estier; Chapter 21: Back to life: British rock art in the Iron Age – by Tertia Barnett; Chapter 22: World heritage rock art documentation in Tanum – a brief history of methodology and projects until the early 2000s – by Ulf Bertilsson, SHFA; Chapter 23: Bevar dialogen med klippen. Dokumentationens betydning for fortidens helleristninger og fremtidens forskning – by Ditte E. P. Kofod; Chapter 24: Towards a new era of rock art documentation – by Ellen Meijer & James Dodd

About the Author

JAMES DODD is currently a PhD scholar at the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark. Originally educated at Durham University, James is a specialist in the study, analysis and documentation of the prehistoric rock art of Scandinavia. During the past few years, he has worked extensively in the field, becoming versed in the archaeology of the areas with various museums and institutions in the Scandinavian countries, in particular Bornholms Museum, Denmark. His current PhD project investigates the extent of homogeneity or diversity within Southern Tradition rock art. In addition to high-level statistical analyses and GIS, James is undertaking the largest programme of surface-based rock art documentation ever conducted in Denmark, on the island of Bornholm. Advances in technology are brought into the field with processing of image-based models occurring on site using remote access to cluster processing on the Danish e-Infrastructure Collaboration’s High Performance Computer: Abacus 2.0. | ELLEN MEIJER has been working with the documentation of rock carvings for the past 22 years. She has learned the ins and outs of documentation at Tanums Hällristningsmuseum Underslös. Since 2011, she has worked for projects on rock art documentation at the Swedish Rock Art Research Archives and the University of Gothenburg, as a research assistant, as well as a field supervisor teaching courses in rock art documentation organized by University of Gothenburg in collaboration with Swedish Rock Art Research Archives and The Scandinavian Society for Prehistoric Art. She has been jointly responsible for the development and implementation of digital documentation of rock art through Structure from Motion and optical laser scanning within the Tanum World Heritage Area and published in Adoranten, the peer reviewed Rock Art Magazine of The Scandinavian Society for Prehistoric Art; Both James and Ellen are members of the Board of The Scandinavian Society for Prehistoric Art.