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Department of Archaeology


Rock Art of the White Sea



The Rock Art of the White Sea is an international collaborative project initiated in 2008 and is led and directed by Dr Liliana Janik (University of Cambridge) and Dr Nadezhda Lubanova (Karelian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences).

White Sea rock art was created during the Neolithic and the Early Bronze Age (c. 6000 – 4000 BP). The aim of this project is to record, analyse and interpret the art of prehistoric fisher-gatherer-hunters in Southeastern Scandinavia, in particular from a number of locations in the estuary of the Vyg River. The project has led to the creation of preservation by record archives of 14 sites of White Sea rock art, and has also investigated heritage aspects of rock art preservation in post-Soviet Russia.


Funding for this research has been provided by:

Collaborations for this project have been established with: 





British Academy

Project Lead

Project Tags

Periods of interest: 
Copper/Bronze Age
Geographical areas: 
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Museum Studies
Art and Iconography
Archaeological Theory
Heritage Management
Cultural Heritage
Heritage Studies
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