A week ago, I arrived in Norrköping, which is part of “Östra Götalands län“, which is situated on the eastern coast of Sweden. In the next months, I will participate in fieldwork related to the many rock carvings of the area. For more information of the work, please visit my projectleaders blog: www.hällristningar.se Recently there has been an experiment with cleaning the rock surface with “ultra clean” water, which is water cleansed from mineral, salt and chalk. You may also see more information about this, on the before mentioned link 🙂
I think it is a very interesting experience for me, to work with the carvings of Norrköping. First of all the motives differ slightly from the ones from the westcoast (Västra Götalands län). Previously I have only experience with the rock carvings of the westcoast, so it is quite new to me, but very useful for me to get to work in a new area. Another challenging, but interesting experience is that the rock carvings in Norrköping are carved on slate. On the westcoast the dominating rock is granite. Some days ago, I showed the rest of the team how to document with the rubbing method. It was somehow a little different to rub on a slate surface, cause the surface is very uneven, and it seems that one has to press the carbon much harder, than if one was documenting a granite surface.
(Photo: Theres Furuskog)
Some weeks ago, I got an opportunity to teach future archaeologists from University of Copenhagen in documentation of rock carvings. I started with a lecture about digital documentation of rock carvings. The lecture was followed some weeks later, with a practical lesson, which took place at “The land of legends” in Lejre near Roskilde, Denmark. It is an experimental centre with artificially created villages from different periods of the prehistory. A lot of experiments are taking place in the centre, in order to create an explanation and understanding of the prehistory. The centre also include three boulders with artificial rock carvings, which have been “carved” with modern drilling tools. So my teaching in documentation was not optimal, since the situation was not realistic. -The students were not able to get knowledge of the feeling of real carvings, but they got an impression of how to document with the rubbing-method.
(Photo: Sabine Karg)
After the demonstration of the method, my intention was to let the students try to do a rubbing, but it started to rain 🙁 So we went inside, and I gave a small lecture about the rubbing-method instead.
(Photo: Sabine Karg)
Welcome to my website. My first idea was to create a blog, but after some consideration I thought it would be suitable with both a website and a blog. I have been working with rock carvings in Scandinavia for some years, so I want to share my experience with others. The intention is to create a website loaded with information, which include some different aspects of the research of rock carvings.
This is my first attempt to create a website, and I just realized that it really takes a lot of time, from creation of the site, to the resize of pictures -so they can be uploaded to the site, without using too much space.
Anyhow I hope you will appreciate my site, even though it is still under construction!