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Rock carvings, language and environment / Digital images

2005-04-30 to 2005-09-18

Rock carvings, language and environment is a pioneering project in which, aided by new technology and new perspectives on archaeology, prehistoric environments have been studied.

The project is the result of cooperation between HUMlab, the Department of Sami Studies and Archaeology, and the Environmental Archaeology Laboratory, Umeå University. An interdisciplinary project group has modelled rock-carving sites with the help of new technology, environmental archaeology and archaeological documentation. The models play an important role in the process of achieving a deeper understanding of the cultural, environmental, archaeological and linguistic context and meaning of rock-carvings.

In the exhibition a Power Point presentation of the documentation from the rock-carving environments are presented. In a computer the VR-modell that has been developed in the project is presented. Here the visitors ”walk around” in the rock-carving environment the way it might have looked like 4000 years ago.

Here is also a presentation of Gustaf Hallström, an archaeologist who made an important documentation of the rock-carving area of Nämforsen around 1940. On the walls details of rock-carvings are presented on the scale of 1:1.

The project is funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation.