Inscriptions at Kiviksgraven

August 23, 2008 § Leave a comment


Inscriptions
Originally uploaded by prlwytskofski

The stone casket is decorated inside with a multitude of fascinating images that have been engraved into the stones.

People, animals, ships, horns, symbolic signs and a two-wheeled cart pulled by horses.

The images perhaps recapitulate the procession and ceremonies that took place at the funerals, which may have been inspired by non-Nordic models.

Sun Wheels on other side

The sun wheel or sun cross, a cross inside a circle, is one of the oldest and most widespread of symbols.


Sun wheels on other side
Originally uploaded by prlwytskofski

The Neolithic symbol combining cross and circle is the simplest conceivable representation of the union of opposed polarities.

These sun wheels can be found in the Kivik Grave in the eastern part of the county of Skåne in Southern Sweden. In such Bronze Age settings, these wheels can also be connected with the spoked chariot wheel, which at the time was four-spoked, a technological innovation that reached Europe in the mid 2nd millennium BC, and which in the context of the Sun chariot may also have had a “solar” connotation.

More on possible interpretations and assigned significance at A Guide to The Structure of Spiritual Emblems

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