Spiritual Landscapes: Diversity in Practices and Perceptions in Northern Fennoscandia
Perspectives on Differences in Rock Art - Jan Magne Gjerde
Charlotte Damm [+]
Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø
Charlotte Brysting Damm is professor of archaeology at the Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology at the Arctic University of Norway, in Tromsø. She works predominantly with northern prehistoric hunter-fishers, with particular emphasis on interregional networks, multicultural interaction, as well as ritual and cosmology.
The increasing number of Stone Age rock art sites across northern Fennoscandia invites studies of variation in topography and motivations between locations both between and within regions. Even a preliminary overview suggest significant differences between regions, which in turn must indicate differences in perceptions and practices at the major sites. In addition the variation in topography, choice of panel location and / or execution within each region suggest different practices and perhaps different spiritual associations at different kinds of sites.