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Bola rock carvings

 

The rock carvings are part of our pre-historic rock on, Along with the rock paintings they represent some of our most distinctive cultural monuments.
The carvings at the river Bela were carved into the rock by means of simple stone tools some time in the early Stone Age, presumably 5000 to 6000 years ago. They were made in a period when people in Trendelag still lived by fishing and hunting and collecting shells, plants and roots.
 

 

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Usually, the carvings of the hunters represent animals, especially big ones like elk, reindeer, bear and whale. Catching these animals required great skill and strength.
At the time when these rock carvings were made, the lake of Snasa was probably still part of the Trondheim fjord. The possibility of taming animals and plants had been discovered in the Middele East a couple of thousand years earlier, and agriculture was making fast progress in Europe.

 

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However, some thausand years were still to pass before it gained ground in Trendelag too. It is still uncerain why the rock carvings were made, and a number of different interpretations have been suggested. There are probably several underlying reasons for the carvings: It is possible they were regarded as something magic that was believed to secure a successful hunt, but the may also have been carved into the rock to mark good hunting grounds or places to live, which people wanted the following generations to find again.

 


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