Historical knowledge

A dancing shaman?

Many of the tools from the Mesolithic period were decorated with incised or bored motifs. A human figure has been incised into an axe made from deer antler from Bodal Mose. The man appears to be moving – perhaps he is a dancing shaman?

Axes of deer antler are probably battle axes that had a magical or ritual function. Often the motifs are abstract, but in the case of the axe from Bodal Mose there is no doubt that a human figure can be seen.   

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