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  • The Vikings erected a runestone out of fear of a climate catastrophe

    [8 Jan 2020] Several passages on the Rök stone - the world's most famous Viking Age runic monument - suggest that the inscription is about battles and for over a hundred years, researchers have been trying to connect the inscription with heroic deeds in war. Now, thanks to an interdisciplinary research project, a new interpretation of the inscription is being presented. The study shows that the inscription deals with an entirely different kind of battle: the conflict between light and darkness, warmth and cold, life and death.

  • New season of the podcast series Inside the Box

    [11 Dec 2019] In September 2019 Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS) and the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg (VKM) introduced the new conversation- and podcast series Inside the Box.

  • Newly discovered motifs in rock art in Tumlehed in Sweden show seafaring in the Stone Age

    [8 Nov 2019] South-west Sweden's best preserved rock painting has now been dated - it is from the late Stone Age. With the aid of new technologies, researchers at the University of Gothenburg have been able to reveal a number of previously unknown motifs that are no longer visible to the naked eye. The most important of these newly discovered motifs are boats with elk-head stems. This is the first time that these kinds of boats have been documented in southern or western Scandinavia and these motifs provide further evidence of the long-distance sea voyages undertaken by Stone Age maritime hunters.

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