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4,000-year-old tomb discovered in Norway may contain region's 1st farmers

Archaeologists in Norway have discovered a stone-lined tomb from the late Neolithic that holds the remains of at least five people. Reported in Live Science on 16.11.23.
Posted by markj99
19th November 2023ce
Edited 19th November 2023ce

Iron Age clothing uncovered in Norway

Melting ice in Norway has revealed an Iron Age tunic.
Amazing preservation.

Great photo on BBC web site.
mascot Posted by mascot
29th August 2013ce
Edited 29th August 2013ce

Ancient poo gives clues to human impact on environment

US scientists say they can track early human movements by analysing molecules in ancient faecal matter.

Researchers were able to use prehistoric poo to establish the presence and size of a population dating back over 7,000 years... continues...
ryaner Posted by ryaner
27th November 2012ce

New rock art finds in Norway

Looks a lot different from UK rock art of the same period but interesting to compare these finds with what we see when out and about... continues...
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8th February 2011ce
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The Directorate for Cultural Heritage in Norway (Riksantikvaren) database for cultural remains. This is a work in progress. The interface is only in norwegian.
I recommend the possibility to restrict searches based on geographical criteria. «Fylke» has a list of counties. «Kommune» = municipalities. It is also possible to restrict a search to ages, «Steinalder - bronsealder» = stoneage - bronzeage.
Posted by Vragebugten
29th January 2010ce
Edited 29th January 2010ce

The University of Oslo, database: faste kulturminner

A good source for sites in Norway. Norwegian text only.
Posted by Vragebugten
2nd May 2009ce
Edited 2nd May 2009ce

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Alta Rock Art (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Miscellaneous

Robert Macfarlane's excellent book 'Underland' has a chapter on Red Dancers. In the opening passages he talks about the rarity of northern latitude painted cave art but goes to makes specific mention of the astonishing concentration of work in Alta, northern Norway.
"The main reason for this scarcity of painted art at higher latitudes is that much of this landscape was buried under glaciers until the end of the last Ice Age. 20,000 years ago, when the seventeen-foot long red aurochs was being painted in the Hall of the Bulls at Lascaux, in what is now the Dordogne, all of Scandinavia and most of Britain and Ireland was still glaciated. As the ice slowly retreated, it left behind a shattered landscape scoured of life. Northwards human colonization of this barren terrain happened only slowly.
Geology also has a role to play in the rarity of surviving northern-latitude painted cave art. Cave chambers form the most secure gallery sites for such art, and such chambers form most naturally in limestone: Lascaux, Chauvet, Altamira, - all of the most celebrated prehistoric art works were made in and on limestone. Limestone has the added curatorial power of often running a film of transparent calcium carbonate over wall paintings, which then sets and acts as a preservative varnish mitigating degradation of the pigments. Northern Europe is sparser in limestone than Spain and France, though, and richer in igneous and metamorphic rocks. Where caves or overhangs form in such rock types, they do so by the erosive forces of ice or sea water and as such tend to be shallower and rougher-sided. Their interiors lack the inviting canvasses of water-smoothed limestone. A jagged granite cavity does not offer the same pictorial possibilities as a limestone chamber pillared with stalactites. Artic-latitude prehistoric rock does exist in Europe, including the astonishing concentration of work at Alta in far northern Norway, where more than 6,000 images – predominantly petroglyphs – depicting reindeers, bears, humans, hunting scenes and the aurora borealis where made between c. 7,000 and 2,000 years ago on glacier-polished rock. But painted art – far more vulnerable to damage and weathering than incised imagery – is scant."
tjj Posted by tjj
18th November 2019ce

Alta Rock Art (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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24th December 2017ce

Finnmark (Fylke) — Images

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Bilden (Stone Circle) — Images

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