Tag: helleristninger

  • From Rock Art to AI Generated Art

    From Rock Art to AI Generated Art

    Rock art has fascinated me for the past couple of years. During the last year, I’ve also been struck by the output from AI art generators. Sometimes I’m asked about why my project about interpreting ancient rock carvings is relevant today. With the rapid advancement of AI art generation, we’re witnessing a significant milestone in […]

  • Ausevika figure interpretation 1

    Ausevika figure interpretation 1

    I drew and interpretation of what the creature in one of the rock carving figures at Ausevika might represent. It’s a four-legged creature with a large mouth and big claws. My first thought was that it might be a bear, but the ears are too long for a bear. Maybe a wolf, though it doesn’t […]

  • Møllerstufossen Petroglyphs Part 2

    Møllerstufossen Petroglyphs Part 2

    First post about Møllerstufossen: https://andersgoliversen.com/blog/2022/05/16/mollerstufossen/ Some of the figures at Møllerstufossen reminds me of goats more than moose or deer, such as this one: Møllerstufossen is one of two areas with petroglyphs in Innlandet county, the other one being Moelv which has some figures that also look like goats to me: https://andersgoliversen.com/blog/page/5/ There is a […]

  • Alta humanoid petroglyph

    Alta humanoid petroglyph

    There are a few humanoid figures in the north of Norway with spread arms and legs like the one above. A typical interpretation of this type of figure is that of a pregnant woman about to give birth, perhaps seen from above when lying on the ground. But there are several aspects of the figure […]

  • Workshop and Melhus Petroglyphs

    Workshop and Melhus Petroglyphs

    I held a workshop/seminar about interpreting rock art for first year archeology students at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. In the evening I joined the students and teachers on a field trip to Melhus to view petroglyphs after dark. There are several areas with recently found petroglyphs in Melhus in the […]

  • Moelv Petroglyphs Part 6

    Moelv Petroglyphs Part 6

    The figure to the left (figure 14) i interpreted as a moose where the internal pattern is a snake with an open mouth inside the stomach of the moose. Why the original artists drew these internal patterns on deer figures is a bit of a mystery. That the artist’s intent was to represent a snake […]

  • Hell Petroglyphs

    Hell Petroglyphs

    I went on another field trip to look for petroglyphs, and this time the trip went to Hell in Stjørdal. The place is actually named Hell, but it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the English meaning of the world hell. Hell means luck (hell og lykke) in modern Norwegian. Hell in Stjørdal probably […]

  • Moelv Petroglyphs Part 5

    Moelv Petroglyphs Part 5

    The following figures also has these interval lines that can be difficult to interpret. In the first one I saw that the internal lines could be represented as a person with a long nose holding a bow or noose. Many of the figures at Moelv looks like some form of deer, like moose. In the […]

  • Ausevika Petroglyphs

    Ausevika Petroglyphs

    I visited the petroglyphs at Ausevika, which is one of the largest rock carving sites in Norway. Some rock carving fields may be a little disappointing to visit, as they can be hard to reach and then there are only a few carvings to look at. But Ausevika has over 300 carvings with lots of […]

  • Salthammeren Petroglyphs

    Salthammeren Petroglyphs

    “Salthammeren” (Bokmål) or “Salthamaren” (Nynorsk) is a small petroglyph site in Vangdal south of Norheimsund in Kvam municipality, Vestland County. The “Salt” part of Salthamaren also means salt in Norwegian, and it got this name because there have been found traces of ancient salt production in the area. “Hamaren” refers to the steep rock face […]