Backa Rock Carvings

Lysekil, Sweden

Backa rock carvings date back to the Bronze Age (1000-500 BC). There are sixteen separate carvings depicting humans and ships. The most famous carving depicts a 1,5m long man with a spear.

References:
  • Marianne Mehling et al. Knaurs Kulturführer in Farbe. Schweden. München 1987.

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Backavägen, Lysekil, Sweden
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Founded: 1000 - 500 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Sweden
Historical period: Bronze Age (Sweden)

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www.megalithic.co.uk

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Anna Carlsson (3 months ago)
Small area with beautiful rock carvings in a nice surrounding
Ring Kaempfer (11 months ago)
Love it
Er Zach (1337) (13 months ago)
A nice small stop to appreciate some BC art
Rich Mears (17 months ago)
Worth a quick detour (30 mins) if you're in the area to see 3500+ year old rock carvings on this Bronze Age road in pretty surroundings.
Emil Gannve (21 months ago)
Häftigt ställe som är väl värt en omväg. Hyggligt stor hällristning med uppbyggda gångvägar runt så man kommer runt och får en bra utsikt över hela ristningen. Parkering finns.
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