World Heritage Rock Art Centre - Alta Museum

The Rock Art of Alta, Norway

 
 
Alta UNESCO World Heritage Norway
Apana Gård Alta Rock Art Norway
Landscape at Apana Gård
The rock art in Alta was inscribed on the World Heritage List in December 1985, as the only prehistoric cultural heritage monument in Norway. It consists of four areas of rock carvings (Hjemmeluft, Kåfjord, Amtmannsnes and Storsteinen), and one area of rock paintings (Transfarelvdalen), and listing just over 3,000 carvings and paintings. They are concentrated heavily at the end of the Altafjord. Since 1985, rock art has been discovered at two more locations - Isnestoften and Tollevik. Whilst these two sites are not officially part of the world heritage listing, they are currently managed in the same manner. Today, in total, there are more than 6000 registered carvings and paintings spread out over some 100 panels. Rock paintings constitute only six panels with about fifty paintings all together. Most of the carvings are located at Hjemmeluft - the location of the World Heritage Rock Art Centre - Alta Museum - and in terms of preservation is the only area that has been facilitated for visitors.

Gallery of Alta Rock Art

 
Alta has the largest concentration of rock art in Northern Europe made by people with a hunting-fishing economy. The rock art consists of carvings and paintings made between ca 7,000 to 2,000 years ago. All the rock art sites in Alta are open-air sites.
 
Bear Cub Bergbukten Rock Art Alta Norway UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre Bear hunting Ole Pedersen Rock Art Alta Norway UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre Bear Rock Art Alta Norway UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre
Bear and Cub at Bergbukten Bear hunting at Ole Pedersen Bear in the rock - digitally enhanced
Elk figure Bergbukten Rock Art Alta Norway UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre Geometric figure Kåfjord Rock Art Alta Norway UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre Halibutfishing Bergbukten Rock Art Alta Norway UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre Huge Human Amtmannsnes Rock Art Alta Norway UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre Human Bow arrow Kåfjord Rock Art Alta Norway UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre
Elk & fringed figure
at Bergbukten
Geometric figure
at Kåfjord
Halibutfishing
at Bergbukten
Huge Human
at Amtmannsnes
Human with Bow & arrow
at Kåfjord
Boat human Ole Pedersen Rock Art Alta Norway UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre Bears den Kåfjord Rock Art Alta Norway UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre Boat Apana Gård Rock Art Alta Norway UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre
Boat with human at Ole Pedersen Bears den at Kåfjord Boat at Apana Gård
Elk northern lights Ole Pedersen Rock Art Alta Norway UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre Human Amtmannsnes Rock Art Alta Norway UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre Human snowshoes Kåfjord Rock Art Alta Norway UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre
Elk & northern lights at Ole Pedersen Human at Amtmannsnes Human with snowshoes at Kåfjord
Human Amtmannsnes Rock Art Alta Norway UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre Humans elkhead staffs Bergbukten Rock Art Alta Norway UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre Hunting fence Bergbukten Rock Art Alta Norway UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre
Human at Amtmannsnes Humans with elkhead staffs at Bergbukten Hunting fence at Bergbukten
Hunting skier Apana Gård Rock Art Alta Norway UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre Ole Pedersen Rock Art Alta Norway UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre Reindeer Bergbukten Rock Art Alta Norway UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre
Hunting skier at Apana Gård Ole Pedersen Reindeer at Bergbukten
 
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