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Prehistoric rock art in Alta, Norway

2012-09-10
Uploaded on YouTube 8th July 2011. The prehistoric rock carvings date from 4200BC to 200 AD.

The rock art in Alta was inscribed on the World Heritage List on December 3rd 1985, as the only pre-historic cultural heritage monument in Norway.

The world heritage in Alta consists of four areas of rock carvings (Hjemmeluft, Kåfjord, Amtmannsnes and Storsteinen), and one area of rock paintings (Transfarelvdalen).

Today there are more than 6000 registered carvings and paintings spread out over around a hundred panels. Out of this number the rock paintings constitute only six panels with about fifty paintings all together.

The majority is carvings, and Hjemmeluft, where the World Heritage Rock Art Centre – Alta Museum is located, is the biggest area. This is also the only area that has been adapted for visitors.

Read more about the rock carvings on our global travel guide Travel Explorations.

Stein Morten Lund, 10th September 2012
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