RAW- Rock art, Atlantic Europe, Words & Warriors
Recent chemical and isotopic sourcing of copper artefacts in Scandinavia and amber in Iberia reveal a trade system that arose and ended in the Late Bronze Aga.
A preliminary look at rock-art motifs shared by these regions at this time and the earliest layer of vocabulary shared by Germanic and Celtic suggests that seafaring warriors were the primary agents of this trade. This is the hypothesis that the proposed project will investigate. Parallels between Iberian warrior stelae and Scandinavian rock art were noted long ago. Only recently have many shared motifs been recognized and dated to the span 1300–800 BC.
On-line library of 3D images
We will build an on-line library of 3D images of rock art to allow researchers world-wide to compare images in detail.
We will make an exhaustive analytical study of the sizable Celto-Germanic vocabulary for warfare, weapons, and ideology to determine these words’ original meanings, when they were coined, and the date and direction of borrowings between Indo-European branches.