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Danish razors and Swedish rocks: Cosmology and the Bronze Age landscape

  • Richard Bradley (a1)

A recent study has suggested that the decorated Bronze Age metalwork of South Scandinavia depicted the path of the sun through the sky during the day and through the sea at night. At different stages in its journey it was accompanied by a horse or a ship. Similar images are found in prehistoric rock art, and this paper argues that, whilst there are important differences between the images in these two media, they also signal some of the same ideas.

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C. Ballard , R. Bradley , L. Nordenborg Myhre & M. Wilson 2003. The ship as symbol in the prehistory of Scandinavia and south-east Asia. World Archaeology 35: 385403.

F. Barth 1987. Cosmologies in the Making. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

T. Capelle 1986. Schiffsetzungen. Praehistorische Zeitschrift 61: 163.

G. Mandt 1983. Tradition and diffusion in west Norwegian rock art. Mjeltehaugen revisited. Norwegian Archaeological Review 16.1: 1432.

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