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PREHISTORIC ROCK ART IN SCANDINAVIA: AGENCY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE. Courtney Nimura. Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2015. Copyright 2016. Swedish Rock Art, 4. Published in the U.S.A. by Oxbow Books, Philadelphia. 156 pp. with 66 ills. (54 col.). 28 x 22 cm. LC 2015-39319 ISBN 9781785701191 In English.
Publisher's description: Scandinavia is home to prolific and varied rock art images among which the ship motif is prominent. Because of this, the rock art of Scandinavia has often been interpreted in terms of social ritual, cosmology, and religion associated with the maritime sphere. This comprehensive review is based on the creation of a Scandinavia-wide GIS database for prehistoric rock art and reexamines theoretical approaches and interpretations, in particular with regard to the significance of the ship and its relationship to a maritime landscape Discussion focuses on material agency as a means to understanding the role of rock art within society. Two main theories are developed. The first is that the sea was fundamental to the purpose and meaning of rock art, especially in the Bronze Age and, therefore, that sea-level/shoreline changes would have inspired a renegotiation of the relationship between the rock art sites and their intended purpose.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Ancient Europe — Scandinavia — Archaeology, Prehistoric Art
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 169267
Paperbound $39.99    

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