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Simrislundsristningen (Simrislund Carvings)

One of the more prominent ties to the ancient world found throughout Sweden are rock carvings, most notably rune stones. However, most are relatively young with the oldest dating to the 11th-century. Older carvings attributed to the Bronze Age are found in the southern regions of the country. The carvings found in eastern Skane are among the oldest in the country.

Not much is known about the people who created these carvings, as there is little remaining regarding their existence outside the carvings and burial mounds. The rock contains depictions of 50 axes, 45 ships, several animals including a horse, and men with phalluses bearing axes. Additionally, there are several geometrical figures and cup marks on the stone. 



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