Rock carvings

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Horses

A horseman is standing on his horse on the Rock of the Dancer.

CLOAK CARVINGS

Images of cloaks are very rare, only three are known in Southeast Scania, one on Horsahallen at Simrislund and the other two on a rock at the centre of Brantevik, the so-called Broby-Johansen Rock.

Serpents

Serpents feature most prominently on the Rock of the Dancer between Järrestad and Gladsax. There is at least one serpent on Horsahallen.

Cup marks

There are thousands of cup marks on Southeast Scanian rock carvings. These are either part of larger compositions or found individually on erratic boulders. Most cup marks have a diameter of between 5 and 8 cm.

Axes

There are many axes on the Rock of the Axes, also known as Horsahallen. Others are found in the Kivik Tomb.

BRAGESTENARNA, GISLÖV

Bragestenarna is a small rock carving situated in a landscape rich in ancient remains immediately south of Gislöv village.

THE BROBY-JOHANSEN SITE

The Broby-Johansen rock carving site has a total of 73 carvings in the form of ships, wheel crosses, cup marks, two cloaks, a human figure and several motifs that are difficult to place.

THE ROCK OF THE DANCER BETWEEN JÄRRESTAD AND GLADSAX

The Rock of the Dancer is famous all over the world, it is mentioned in scientific literature in countless languages. With around 1,200 images, the 500-square- metre quartzite rock slab is one of the largest rock carving sites in Scandinavia.

Feet

There are plenty of feet and soles of feet on the Rock of the Dancer between Järrestad and Gladsax, bare feet with extended toes and prints of feet that seem to be wearing sandals.

HANDS

Hands, individual or in groups, are found at several rock carving sites in Sweden.

JUNGFRUKULLEN, SIMRISLUND

Jungfrukullen is a triangular parcel of land in the middle of a residential area south of central Simrishamn.

THE REDOUBT NATURE RESERVE (SKANSEN)

There are three rock carving sites within the Redoubt Nature Reserve south of Simrishamn.

Ships

Apart from cup marks, ships are the most common stone carving motifs in Southeast Scania and Bornholm. These can often be used for dating.

THE STENKIL ROCK CARVING

The Stenkil Rock Carving was the first Southeast Scanian carving to be discovered in the open. It is situated in an area of pastureland between Simrishamn and Brantevik, west of the Rock of the Axes.

THE STENSHUVUD FOOTPRINT

On top of the north peak in the Stenshuvud National Park is a footprint. It shows only the toes and the ball of a naked foot.

STENSTUAN, GLADSAX

Stenstuan is a Neolithic passage tomb situated on a hill in an agrarian landscape that was previously a wetland. The area between Gladsax and Baskemölla is a typical burial landscape, rich in ancient remains from different periods.

TORSHÖG NEAR SIMRIS

A cairn was built on a rock during the Bronze Age east of Simris village and not far from the two rock carving sites at Simrislund,

THE ORANT

Orants are unusual on Scanian rock carvings. The word comes from the Latin ‘orare’, to pray, and refers to a figure that raises its arms in worship.

Circles

A cross inside a circle is usually referred to as a sun wheel or wheel cross.

THE ROCK OF THE AXES, SIMRIS

The Rock of the Axes is situated south of Simrishamn, about a hundred metres from the seashore. With some 250 pictograms it is the second largest rock carving in Scania.