Bornholm Museum excavates more than 300 ‘sun stones’
The ‘sunshine island’, as Danes often refer to Bornholm, has made a new discovery – so-called ‘sun stones’ carved in the Stone Age, recently excavated by archaeologists at Bornholm Museum.
The 300 small rocks and fragments are covered in designs carved 5,000 years ago, the Copenhagen Post writes, earning their name from their round shape and circular markings that radiate from the centre.
Other designs resemble fields, grain and spiders’ webs. But scientists are not yet sure of their meaning or purpose.
“That’s the million dollar question,” Lars Larsson, professor emeritus at the University of Lund in Sweden, told the popular science portal Videnskab.dk. “It is impossible to know precisely what they were used for.”
Stone Age society
There have been similar finds on the island over the years, but these latest stones were found in Vasagård, southern Bornholm.
“Many of the stones are very worn. It looks as though someone has walked around with them in their pocket,” said Finn Ole Sonne Nielsen, lead archaeologist at Bornholm Museum, who has worked on the excavation with the National Museum of Denmark, Aarhus University and the University of Copenhagen. “The Vasagård area has the appearance of a Stone Age society.”