HANDS

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

The only really famous hand, however, was discovered in Southeast Scania during a test excavation in 2009 of a rock that is now buried at the southern end of Brantevik next to the Broby-Johansen site. Research shows that the hand could be used to tell the time. Until not so long ago, people told the time by holding a hand up against the sky, extending the thumb and pointing with the index finger. A span was the space between the tips of the thumb and index finger. It corresponded to about thirteen degrees, or the distance the moon travels east from the sun in a 24-hour period.