Rock art images provide a fascinating glimpse into past societies. The Nordic countries have a wealth of sites and a wide variety of different motifs, ranging from life-sized animals and detailed hunting scenes, to images of shamans and warriors, to prehistoric ritual scenes.
This course will provide an overview of Nordic rock art with an emphasis on the northernmost sites. It will briefly outline the history of research on rock art, before moving to the modern methods for analysis and interpretation of rock art. Examples from areas beyond Scandinavia will be included, to present an understanding of the diversity of rock art.
The students will have the following learning outcomes:
The student will have:
The student is able to / can:
12 lectures and seminars, and - weather allowing - one excursion. The lectures will provide the empirical and theoretical overview of rock art research. The seminars will focus on group discussion of interpretations.
All courses will be evaluated once during the period of the study program. The board of the program decides which courses will be evaluated by students and teacher each year.
The following coursework requirements must be completed and approved in order to take the final exam:
Assessment and exam:
The exam will consist of: One written take-home assignment of ca. 8-10 pages (ca. 3000-3500 words), in which two out of four assigned questions are answered. The duration of the exam is one week.
The exam will be assessed on an A-F grades scale. Grades are A-E for passed and F for failed.
Retake is offered in in the beginning of the following semester in cases of grade F or Fail. Deferred examination is offered in the beginning of the following semester if the student is unable to take the final exam due to illness or other exceptional circumstances. Registration deadline for retake is January 15 for autumn semester exams and August 15 for spring semester exams.