The rock carvings in Glösa

The rock carvings in Glösa were described as early as 1685. The carvings
are estimated to be 6200 – 5500 years old. Some 60 figures – all depicting
elks – were carved into the rocks surrounding the stream by prehistoric trappers. It is believed that the petroglyphs of Glösa could be 3000-4000
years older than the oldest known rock carvings in southern Sweden,
which were made by farmers during the bronze age.

Many of the elks are depicted with lines inside the bodies. These are life
lines. On some of the elks there is a line from the mule to a circle –
symbols depicting blood vessels going to the heart. As long as the heart
beats – the elk lives on and so does man.
One figure has a circle in the abdominal area – a symbol of the uterus –
the origin of life. These symbols are important in order to understand the
pre historic trappers thoughts on life and death.

The rock carvings in Glösa are truly unique and give an idea about pre–
historic beliefs and living conditions. Experience a pre historic art gallery!

The stone age trappers choice of placement for the carvings were
not random. The smooth rocks were ideal. The water is a boundary between our world and the underworld. The view of the woodlands,
the lakes and the mountains links the three worlds – the underworld, the middle world and our world.

The rock shaped like an elk´s head is central. Here is the place to celebrate and worship the Elk. The rock´s head shape is best viewed from the opposite end of the creek