I travelled to see the petroglyphs at Stykket on the 11th of July 2023. Stykket is a place in the village Stadsbygd in Indre Fosen. If going there by car from Trondheim, there is a ferry at Flakk going to Rørvik, and from there it is a short drive over to Stykket.
The petroglyphs are uusally estimated to have been carved around 4-3000 BCE during the Nordic Stone Age (10,000 BCE – 1800 BCE). Like with all petroglyphs, the dating is quite uncertain. The style of the carvings is one of the main reasons for the Stone Age dating. The figures at stykket are mostly carved in a realistic style with fairly correct proportions, and this is typically associated with veideristninger carved during the Stone Age.
This feint figure is less realistically drawn than the other ones on the site. It is speculated that it could either represent a moose or a hare. There is a similar ambiguous moose/hare figure found at Strand in Osen, Trøndelag.
Almost all Norwegian petroglyphs of animals depicts them in a static pose, like larger “mother moose” here. The way the calf displays motion by turning its head is very rare in Norwegian rock art.
Notice that there is an ellipse shape above the mother moose head:
There is an even larger moose figure to the left of the mother moose. Most of the body has faded away, but the head and one of the hind legs are still visible.
There is yet another moose figure to the left of the large moose, but this one is even more feint.
The other figures were once painted, and this helps with the visibility. I believe this last figure were discovered after the other ones, and it is less visible because it was never painted.