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Rock Art of Alta

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Nord-Norge, Norway.

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These petroglyphs are part of an archaeological site in the Alta Fjord near the Arctic Circle. More than 5000 carvings and paintings have been found in sites around the fjord dating from between 4200 and 500 BC. Because the carvings were completed over such a long period they depict different scenes from everyday life over the years from reindeer herding to fishing and boat building and varied animist religious practices. Despite all this evidence of the region being inhabited not much is known about the people who lived here. One of the most prolifically decorated sites has been made into an open air museum with around 3000 individual pieces.

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'This group of petroglyphs in the Alta Fjord, near the Arctic Circle, bears the traces of a settlement dating from c. 4200 to 500 B.C. The thousands of paintings and engravings add to our understanding of the environment and human activities on the frin… Read more...

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