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Johan Ling


Johan Ling
+46 31 786 2974

Room number: 1405
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Eklandagatan 86, plan 4 , 41261 Göteborg

Department of Historical Studies (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Eklandagatan 86 , 412 61 Göteborg

About Johan Ling

Johan Ling (PhD) (University of Gothenburg) is a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History in Gothenburg. Johan has primarily worked with rock art, landscape and shore displacement in Bohuslän, as detailed in his recently published dissertation “Elevated Rock Art, Towards a Maritime Understanding of Rock Art in Bohuslän”. From next year Ling will be in charge for the VR project; "Extraction of copper in Sweden during the Bronze Age? Possibility, myth or reality?" This project’s essential purpose is to further the discussion as to whether copper was extracted locally or imported to Sweden during the Bronze Age. The project’s aim is to use lead isotope analyses of local bronze items and compare them with similar analyses of copper ores from Dalsland, Värmland och Småland in Sweden (SGU 1986, Åhäll 1993, Janzon 1984) with a view to evaluating and modifying the theories about the import or local extraction of copper in Sweden during the Bronze Age. This is the first project in Scandinavia to undertake basic research of this kind. Johan is also in charge of the Tossene Project, whose aim is to further our understanding of the role played by the rock art in Northern Bohuslän in prehistory, and to try to show a chronological link between rock carvings and excavated artifacts.

Johan Ling Ph.D. Göteborgs universitet, has now taken over one of the rock art research posts that Göteborg University has been granted funding for from Kungliga Vitterjetsakademien and Riksbankens Juvileumsfond. The position is scheduled for five years and the goal is to strengthen rock art research in a long term perspective with the Swedish Rock Art Research Archives as starting-point.

The aim of Ling´s research at SHFA is to compile and compare existing rock art documentation from SHFAs archive. The focus of this study lies on rock art images representing “metal” and “mobility” and thereby discuss concepts and issues such as Mobility, Antagonism, Agency, Warriorhood, Cosmology, Hard Materials Corporal Performance, Causation, Interaction and Transformation. A key element will be to problematize the representation of the bronzes in relation to bodily actions and bodily performances on the figurative rock art. Other important aims are to determine whether a correlation exists between regional rock art figuratives and regional bronze items, to analyse the rock art in relation to the Bronze Age “metal routes”, and discuss how external commodities, ideas and their symbolism have been transformed, on the rocks, into regional social and ideological needs. New metal analyses clearly show that the copper from the Scandinavian items diverges greatly from Scandinavian copper ores and that the copper must have been imported from the European continent. This fact opens up for a new discussion regarding praxis of picking images of “metal and mobility” on the Scandinavian rocks during the Bronze Age.

Latest publications

The Provenance, Use, and Circulation of Metals in the European Bronze Age: The State of Debate
Miljana Radivojević, Benjamin W. Roberts, Ernst Pernicka, Zofia Stos-Gale, Marcos Martinón-Torres et al.
Journal of Archaeological Research, Journal article 2019
Journal article

The role of pre-Norsemen in trade and exchange of commodities in Bronze Age Europe
Anne Lene Melheim, Johan Ling, Zofia Stos-Gale, Eva Hjärthner-Holdar, Lena Grandin
Metals, minds and mobility : integrating scientific data with archaeological theory / edited by Xosé-Lois Armada, Mercedes Murillo-Barroso, Mike Charlton., Oxford, Oxbow books, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

A triangular Middle Bronze Age trade system of amber, copper and tin 1500‑1300 BC
Kristian Kristiansen, Johan Ling
In Bakels, C.C., Q.P.J. Bourgeois, D.R. Fontijn and R. Jansen (eds) 2018. Local Communities in the Big World of Prehistoric Northwest Europe, Leiden, Sidestone Press, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Rock Art, Secret Societies, Long-Distance Exchange and Warfare in Bronze Age Scandinavia
Johan Ling, Richard Chacon, Yamilette Chacon
Prehistoric warfare and violence : quantitative and qualitative approaches / Andrea Dolfini, Rachel J. Crellin, Christian Horn, Marion Uckelmann, editors., Cham, Springer International Publishing, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

A sea beyond Europe to the north and west.
Johan Ling, John Koch
Giving the past a future : essays in archaeology and rock art ; studies in honour of Dr. Phil. h.c. Gerhard Milstreu / edited by James Dodd and Ellen Meijer., Oxford, Archaeopress Publishing Ltd, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Moving metals III: Possible origins for copper in Bronze Age Denmark based on lead isotopes and geochemistry
L. Melheim, L. Grandin, P. O. Persson, K. Billström, Zofia Stos-Gale et al.
Journal of Archaeological Science, Journal article 2018
Journal article

The Kivik tomb: Bredarör enters into the digital arena - documented with OLS, SfM and RTI
Ulf Bertilsson, Johan Ling, Catarina Bertilsson, Richard Potter, Christian Horn
New Perspectives on the Bronze Age : proceedings of the 13th Nordic Bronze Age Symposium held in Gothenburg 9th to 13th June 2015 / edited by Sophie Bergerbrant and Anna Wessman, Oxford, Archaeopress, Conference paper 2017
Conference paper

Maritime warfare in Scandinavian rock art.
Johan Ling, Andreas Toreld
Warfare in Bronze Age society / edited by Christian Horn, Kristian Kristiansen , New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

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Rock Art and Seascapes in Uppland
Johan Ling
Oxford, Oxbow Books, Book 2013

Moving metals or indigenous mining?
Johan Ling, Eva Hjärthner-Holdar, Lena Grandin, Kjell Billström, Per-Olof Persson
Journal of Archaeological Science, Journal article 2013
Journal article



On the line between Fact and Fiction: Tools and procedures for digital mediation in Cultural Heritage Management
Per Stenborg, Chris Sevara, Jonas Tornberg, Johan Ling, Mats Söderström et al.
COMMUNICATE THE PAST: Ways to present archaeology to the public. Proceedings from the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) 14th Annual Meeting, Valletta, Malta 16th to 21th September 2008, edited by Anna Arnberg & Tove Stjärna, Conference paper 2010
Conference paper

Piloting Time-Tours: Experiences from the Development and Implementation of a Computer Based Exhibition in West Sweden
Per Stenborg, Jonas Tornberg, Johan Ling, Mats Söderström, Chris Sevara et al.
Fusion of Cultures: Abstracts from the XXXVIII Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, CAA2010, edited by F. Javier Melero, Pedro Cano, Jorge Revelles, Conference paper 2010
Conference paper

Settlement Structure and Organisation
Johan Ling
Organizing Bronze age societies: the Mediterranean, Central Europe, and Scandinavia compared. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Magazine article 2010
Magazine article

Elevated Rock Art. Maritime images and situations
Johan Ling
Representations and communications: creating an archaeological matrix of late prehistoric rock art. Oxford, UK: Oxbow Books, Magazine article 2010
Magazine article

The Palaeoenviroments of Bronze Age Europe
Johan Ling
Organizing Bronze age societies: the Mediterranean, Central Europe, and Scandinavia compared. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Magazine article 2010
Magazine article

Rock art as Social Format
Johan Ling, Per Cornell
Changing pictures: rock art traditions and visions in Northern Europe. Oxford: Oxbow Books, Oxford, Oxbow books, Chapter in book 2010
Chapter in book

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