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Jörlov
Here are ships, deer, a holy wedding, an acrobatic figure, and cup marks. The name, Jörlov, probably comes from Jarlhof - chief’s farm. A grave field is only a stone’s throw from the farm buildings.
Massleberg
Massleberg
An area with rock carvings, a passage grave, and a chamber grave from the Neolithic Age. A journey from the Stone Age until today. The rock carving contains approximately 160 figures, 22 of which are animals.
World Heritage Sites
World Heritage Sites
World Heritage Sites in Tanum is an outstanding example of Bronze Age art of the highest quality. In the area carved out thousands of images in landscape rocks. The range of motifs is a unique testimony of life during the European Bronze Age.
Torsbo
Torsbo
Torsbo is not only rock carvings and ancient remains, but also an area of natural beauty. There are visible remains of old terraced fields and meadows. Around 900 figures have been carved into the rocks, including ships, footsteps and cup marks.
Vrångstad
Vrångstad
This carving has a wagon, ships, cup marks. The four-wheeled wagon is probably the biggest wagon on a rock carving in Europe. A wagon was not only a means of transport; it was a status symbol. In the area are dolmen, stone circles and burial mounds.
Åby
Åby
Here is something unique in Bohuslän – a row of animal tracks across the rock. It is probably wolf tracks. Perhaps from the same wolves seen chasing a goat with long horns to on the tracks? This panel includes 272 figures, several are very unusual
Backa
Backa
Here is Europe’s first documented rock carving. Along a distance of 1 km there are more than 30 rock carvings, some are coloured in. The road is referred to Via Sacra, the Holy Road. Most of the carvings date back to the Bronze Age, 1700-500 BC.
Lökeberg
Lökeberg
This rock carving has the largest number of figures in Bohuslän. The ships and the whole footsteps make up the majority of the images. It is not painted. The figures are best viewed in the late afternoon on a sunny day, or by torchlight at night.
Högsbyn
Högsbyn
By the northern shore of the lake Råvarpen is an area that has been very important for thousands of years. The meadowland sloping down towards the lake is full of flat rocks made of soft clay shale. There are approximately 3,000 figures and symbols.
Landscape
The natural landscape has changed dramatically over time. The ice masses of the Ice Age, that covered Scandinavia for tens of thousands of years, withdrew around 12000 B.C.
The land was depressed by the ice, and when this 2-3 km thick layer began to melt, the land started to rise.

During the Bronze Age, around 1700-500 B.C., the sea level was between 11 and 17 metres higher than it is today. Today, the rock carvings are located between 2 and 10 km from the coast, but in the county of Bohuslän there are clear traces of a coastal landscape with fjords and bays, and in the Bronze Age, this was a maritime region. In place of the fjords, there are now valleys and fields. It is also important to remember that the conifer forests that are now widespread were only planted in around 1900, and didn’t exist during the Bronze Age. Instead, you need to imagine a landscape of coastal vegetation and barren rocks.
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