Rock carvings -coming soon to a TV near you ;)

We had a TV-interview at the Ekenberg panel. They interviewed our projectleader, and did some filming of our work. We have also had some newspapers to visit us, some weeks ago Folkbladet was at Herrebro. You can see the outline of the article at: http://www.folkbladet.se/kultur/default.aspx?articleid=6408766

SVT visited us at Ekenberg

During the last days we have been working at Ekenberg, where one can see many beautiful carvings. The panel is situated on a field with surrounding pine trees, so it reminded me of the typical setting for the panels of the westcoast. At the westcoast, almost every panel is surrounded by forest. In Norrköping, the typical setting is an open landscape with no or few trees around the Panels. We planned to finish the cleaning and painting after some days, but realized it will take a little longer. The carvings have a lot of lichens and algaes, and it is really hard to remove. The surface in the carvings is very uneven, with a lot of small holes. -The lichens really appreciate the small holes, and it is really hard to clean the holes, cause they are almost too small. Perhaps the lichens are hard to remove because of te surrounding trees..

 

 

 

Working with the rock carvings, Norrköping – so far…

I have now been working with the carvings for some weeks. As mentioned before, the dominating type of rock in this area is slate. So the surface is very uneven, and does not feel so smooth. Many of the panels have not been documented since Arthur Nordén in the 1920’s, so it has been possible to find new carvings, which were not present on his documentations. The carvings have been painted many times, so our job is to clean away algaes and lichens, and repaint the carvings.

 

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Raä 53, Herrebro (photo:Mette Rabitz)


In this week, we finished the work at Leonardsberg. The two panels were situated on a field with sheep, so now and then they visited us, and tried to see if they could eat some of our equipment… I got the opportunity to paint the largest human figure in Norrköping 🙂 It is 0,7 m. high and is one of the few human figures from this area, which have elongated calves. When painting carvings, it is nescesarry to locate the edges of the motive, so it really force you to investigate the details. It seemed as if the line, which is hold by the adorant, ends in a lance in the right end, so it was not just a line, as the previous paint presented. But according to Nordéns drawing, the peak of the lance should be in the other end… It could be interesting to do some photogrammetry of this motive, in order to study the pecking marks, and check if some details have been updated.

  

Raä 84, Leonardsberg, before (photo: Mette Rabitz)


 

Raä 84, Leonardsberg, after my painting (photo: Mette Rabitz)

   

Yesterday we started to paint one the panels at Himmelstalund, called ” the axe panel”. It was a warm day on the rock, but we had visitors, and some children also came to us, and wanted to know it was difficult to paint.

 

Some motives from “The axe panel” at Himmelstalund, before (photo: Mette Rabitz)


 

After my painting (photo: Mette Rabitz)


 

 

Now in Norrköping, Sweden

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)

(Photo: Theres Furuskog)