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Second volume of the book “Rock Carvings of Lake Onega”


A second volume of book series “Rock carvings of lake Onega” has been published! The introductory event will take place on the 10th of May 2019 at 15:00 in Tallinn University, Institute of History  (Rüütli 10).

About 1500 carvings (petroglyps) have been engraved into horizontal rocks along the eastern coast of Lake Onega in the Neolithic Period about six thousand years ago. There are 24 carving sites with waterfowl-, elk-, deer-, sun-, moon-, boat-, human-like, etc. depictions.

The Estonian Society of Prehistoric Art has collected vast documentary material about these carvings and sites of Lake Onega during numerous expiditions.

After the discovery of new sites at Cape Swan in Vodla region – the norhernmost part of the 25 km long rock art territory it was decided to publish the complete catalogue of the Lake Onega petroglyphs in three volumes. The first volume (Tartu 2998) includes the rock carvings carvings of the Vodla region. The present volume describes the petroglyphs in the northern part of the Besov Nos region. The third volumewill include the southern part of the same region.

The catalogue is a unique collection useful for researchers, teachers, students and art history.
It serves as the source material for scientific investigation, studies, propagation, protection management and other activities in the sphere of prehistoric rock art.

The authors of the current volume are chairman of the Estonian Society of Prehistoric Art, Doctor of Food Science – Väino Poikalainen, and veterinary anatomist and linguist, Doctor of Veterinary Science Enn Ernits. Both researchers have studied rock art since 1982.


Time of the introductory event 10th of May 2019 at 3pm

Place: Tallinn University, Institute of History  (Rüütli 10).

Map of the location is available here.

The catalogue: At the introductory event the catalogue can be purchased with a discount price 35 € (after that it can be bought with 45 €, includes VAT).

Read more about the Onega petroglyphs here.



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