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Stone art | by The Swedish History Museum, Stockholm
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Stone art

It is sad we do not know the prehistoric artist by name. A stone master has made a timeless piece of art for over 4000 thousand years ago; the head of an elk.


The stone head was found in Alunda in Uppland and is 21 cm long. It takes the form of an axe with shaft hole, but the hole is not completely bored through. Therefore it could not have functioned as a tool. It must have been made for ceremonies in a late Stone Age society.


Other stone head elks have been found in Finland and Russia and they are also depicted on rock carvings at Nämforsen in Ångermanland. Most of animal heads are hornless. This means that the artists have chosen to depict either female elks or males in the midwinter when they have shed their antlers


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Text: Inga Ullén. Photo by Gabriel Hildebrand/SHM


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Taken on September 8, 2010