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Sweden    Tännäs, Flatruet EuroPreArt - European Prehistoric Art

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Keywords: Neolithic, Painting, Elk, Animals, Human figures, Adorant, Open air, Mountain plateau.
Institution: Gotland University College, Visby, Sweden.
Gotland University - Sweden
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The rock painting at the mountain plateau of Flatruet. There are a number of elks, human figures and also a bear (photo Göran Burenhult).
Copyright. No commercial use of EuroPreArt content is allowed. Specific © for pictures and drawings is mentioned in the captions or owned by each Author or Institution.
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Environment & Surface

Open-air   Shelter   Cave Portable   Megalithic

Mountain plateau just at the three-limit.


Vast view over woodland and mountains.


Fine-grained, greyish rock.


Vertical rock surface, cracks and microflora.




Engravings   Paintings   Painted engravings   High or low-relief   Sculpture
Flatruet, Tännäs parish, Härjedalen. The painting at Flatruet consists of c. 20 animal figures. Mostly elks but at least one reindeer and one bear are represented. Furthermore, there are 5 stylised human figures with raised arms, adorating position, and there are also a number of strokes/lines and some paintstains.

total number 20
Animal figures/elks/reindeer/bear Human figures Strokes/lines Stains


Palaeolithic   Epipalaeolithic - Mesolithic   Neolithic   Copper Age   Bronze Age   Iron Age   Roman   Middle Age   Modern   Unknown
The Flatruet painting is relatively dated to c. 2000 BC, based on comparisons with similar figures in Northern Sweden and Norway.


The Flatruet rock painting is situated at a mountain plateau with a vast view over the surrounding woodland and mountain tops. Close to the site, there are a possible dwelling site of the mobile hunting- and trapping culture, based on the intricate waterways and extensive forests and mountains surrounding them in Northern Sweden (Jensen 1989:236).

European total bibliography, by EuroPreArt partnersTotal (Europe)
Sweden EuroPreArt general bibliography, by Gotland University College, Visby, Sweden.General (country)
Specific Tännäs, Flatruet bibliography, by Gotland University College, Visby, Sweden.Specific (site)
Rock Art Studies: A Bibliographic worldwide Database (external link). Compiled by Leigh Marymor. Copyright (C) 2001-2002 by the Library, University of California, Berkeley Bibliographic
Rock Art




Public   Private   Park   Classified site


The paintings are generally faded and faint, and the natural and chemical weathering does not make it better.


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Concerning the fact that the paintings have been carried out on almost vertical rocks, often with a projecting rock which protects the painting, might explain why so many rock paintings still are conserved up to this date. Also the chemical constitution of the ochre colour are an important fact. Some rock paintings are filled in.




Li Winter 2001.


Gotland University College, Visby, Sweden.
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EuroPreArt, European Prehistoric Art, is a web-based archaeological project funded by the European Union which aims to establish a lasting data-base of European prehistoric art documentation, to launch the base of an European institutional network and to contribute to the awareness of the diversity and richness of European Prehistoric Art.
It is proposed by: Instituto Politécnico de Tomar (IPT, Portugal), CUEBC - European University Centre for Cultural Heritage (Italy - Europe), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (España), Asociación Cultural Colectivo Barbaón (España), Université de Liège (Belgique), Gotland University College (Sverige), University College Dublin (Eire), Cooperativa Archeologica Le Orme dell'Uomo (Italia), Study Centre and Museum of Prehistoric Art of Pinerolo (Italia), The European Centre for Prehistoric Research in the Alto Ribatejo (Portugal), ArqueoJovem - a youth NGO (Portugal).
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