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Accompanying the stone ships: circular stone settings in relation to the Gotlandic ship settings
Gotland University, School of Culture, Energy and Environment.
2012 (English)In: N-TAG ten: proceedings of the 10th Nordic TAG conference at Stiklestad, Norway 2009 / [ed] Ragnhild Berge, Marek E. Jasinski, Kalle Sognnes, Oxford: Archaeopress, 2012, 59-70 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The ship is the dominant depiction of the visual Scandinavian Bronze Age. It appears in rock art, on bronze artefacts and as stone monuments. When studying the ships on rocks and bronzes one feature commonly appears in relation to it: a round or circular motif, which most often is interpreted as the sun. Geographically rock art is concentrated to the mainland of southern Sweden and Norway. The bronze artefacts with depictions of ships on the other hand, are distributed mainly to Denmark. Gotland on the other hand, located in the Baltic Sea, with a rich Bronze Age landscape, lack prominent rock art panels or ships depicted on bronze artefacts. Instead the ship appears in another form. Gotland holds today c. 380 prehistoric remains referred to as stone ship settings. A more exhaustive study of the stone ships visualise large local variations. One phenomenon appearing when visiting ship setting sites is a circular stone setting of tightly placed stones. In this paper this circular phenomenon is discussed in comparison with the other two media where the ship appears in relation to a circular feature: Rocks and Bronzes!

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Oxford: Archaeopress, 2012. 59-70 p.
, BAR International series, ISSN 0143-3067 ; 2399
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Gotland, Bronze Age, Ship settings, Stone ships, Rock art, Bronzes
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-1769ISBN: 978-1-4073-0994-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hgo-1769DiVA: diva2:603775
Available from: 2013-02-06 Created: 2013-02-06 Last updated: 2013-07-01Bibliographically approved

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