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Johan Ling

Senior lecturer

Johan Ling
Senior lecturer
Academic degree: Docent
johan.ling@archaeology.gu.se
+46 31 786 2974
0702-494574

Room number: 1405
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Eklandagatan 86, plan 4 , 41261 Göteborg


Department of Historical Studies (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
www.historiskastudier.gu.se
historia@gu.se
Fax: +46 31 786 4456

Visiting Address: Eklandagatan 86 , 412 61 Göteborg

About Johan Ling

Johan Ling (PhD) (University of Gothenburg) is a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History in Gothenburg. Johan has primarily worked with rock art, landscape and shore displacement in Bohuslän, as detailed in his recently published dissertation “Elevated Rock Art, Towards a Maritime Understanding of Rock Art in Bohuslän”. From next year Ling will be in charge for the VR project; "Extraction of copper in Sweden during the Bronze Age? Possibility, myth or reality?" This project’s essential purpose is to further the discussion as to whether copper was extracted locally or imported to Sweden during the Bronze Age. The project’s aim is to use lead isotope analyses of local bronze items and compare them with similar analyses of copper ores from Dalsland, Värmland och Småland in Sweden (SGU 1986, Åhäll 1993, Janzon 1984) with a view to evaluating and modifying the theories about the import or local extraction of copper in Sweden during the Bronze Age. This is the first project in Scandinavia to undertake basic research of this kind. Johan is also in charge of the Tossene Project, whose aim is to further our understanding of the role played by the rock art in Northern Bohuslän in prehistory, and to try to show a chronological link between rock carvings and excavated artifacts.

Johan Ling Ph.D. Göteborgs universitet, has now taken over one of the rock art research posts that Göteborg University has been granted funding for from Kungliga Vitterjetsakademien and Riksbankens Juvileumsfond. The position is scheduled for five years and the goal is to strengthen rock art research in a long term perspective with the Swedish Rock Art Research Archives as starting-point.

The aim of Ling´s research at SHFA is to compile and compare existing rock art documentation from SHFAs archive. The focus of this study lies on rock art images representing “metal” and “mobility” and thereby discuss concepts and issues such as Mobility, Antagonism, Agency, Warriorhood, Cosmology, Hard Materials Corporal Performance, Causation, Interaction and Transformation. A key element will be to problematize the representation of the bronzes in relation to bodily actions and bodily performances on the figurative rock art. Other important aims are to determine whether a correlation exists between regional rock art figuratives and regional bronze items, to analyse the rock art in relation to the Bronze Age “metal routes”, and discuss how external commodities, ideas and their symbolism have been transformed, on the rocks, into regional social and ideological needs. New metal analyses clearly show that the copper from the Scandinavian items diverges greatly from Scandinavian copper ores and that the copper must have been imported from the European continent. This fact opens up for a new discussion regarding praxis of picking images of “metal and mobility” on the Scandinavian rocks during the Bronze Age.

Latest publications

Maritime warfare in Scandinavian rock art.
Johan Ling, Andreas Toreld
Warfare in Bronze Age society, C. Horn and K. Kristiansen (eds). , Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

The Kivik tomb: Bredarör enters into the digital arena — documented with OLS, SfM and RTI.
Ulf Bertilsson, Johan Ling, Catarina Bertilsson, Rich Potter, Christian Horn
In New perspectives on the Bronze Age. Proceeding of the 13th Nordic Bronze Age symposium held in Gothenburg 9th to 13th June 2015 / edited by Sophie Bergerbrant and Anna Wessman., Oxford, Archaeopress Archaeology, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Violence, Warriors, and Rock Art in Bronze Age Scandinavia.
Johan Ling, Per Cornell
Feast, famine or fighting? : multiple pathways to social complexity / Richard J. Chacon and Rubén G. Mendoza, editors., Cham, Springer International Publishing , Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Long-term Cosmological Interconnectedness and Long-distance Trade: Cosmology and Comparative Advantage in the Bronze Age and Beyond.
Rowlands Michael, Johan Ling
Perspectives on Past Colonisation, Maritime Interaction and Cultural Integration / edited by Lene Melheim, Hakon Glorstad, Zanette Tsigaridas Glorstad , Sheffield, UK, Equinox Publishing, , Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Rock Art Studies in the Nordic Countries 2010-2014
Ulf Bertilsson, Johan Ling
Rock Art Studies: News of the World V / edited by Paul Bahn, Natalie Franklin, Matthias Strecker and Ekaterina Devlet, Oxford, Archeopress Publishing LTD, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Krieger und Felskunst im bronzezeitlichen Skandinavien
Johan Ling, Per Cornell
Krieg. Eine Archäologische Spurensuche. Harald Meller; Michael Schefzik (red.), Darmstadt, Konrad Theiss, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

Picturing the Bronze Age – an introduction
Johan Ling, Peter Skoglund, Ulf Bertilsson
Picturing the Bronze Age / edited by Peter Skoglund, Johan Ling and Ulf Bertilsson, Oxford, Oxbow, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

The Stranger King & Rock Art
Johan Ling, Rowlands Michael
Picturing the Bronze Age / edited by Peter Skoglund, Johan Ling and Ulf Bertilsson, Oxford, Oxbow Books , Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

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2017

Maritime warfare in Scandinavian rock art.
Johan Ling, Andreas Toreld
Warfare in Bronze Age society, C. Horn and K. Kristiansen (eds). , Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

The Kivik tomb: Bredarör enters into the digital arena — documented with OLS, SfM and RTI.
Ulf Bertilsson, Johan Ling, Catarina Bertilsson, Rich Potter, Christian Horn
In New perspectives on the Bronze Age. Proceeding of the 13th Nordic Bronze Age symposium held in Gothenburg 9th to 13th June 2015 / edited by Sophie Bergerbrant and Anna Wessman., Oxford, Archaeopress Archaeology, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Violence, Warriors, and Rock Art in Bronze Age Scandinavia.
Johan Ling, Per Cornell
Feast, famine or fighting? : multiple pathways to social complexity / Richard J. Chacon and Rubén G. Mendoza, editors., Cham, Springer International Publishing , Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

2016

Long-term Cosmological Interconnectedness and Long-distance Trade: Cosmology and Comparative Advantage in the Bronze Age and Beyond.
Rowlands Michael, Johan Ling
Perspectives on Past Colonisation, Maritime Interaction and Cultural Integration / edited by Lene Melheim, Hakon Glorstad, Zanette Tsigaridas Glorstad , Sheffield, UK, Equinox Publishing, , Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Rock Art Studies in the Nordic Countries 2010-2014
Ulf Bertilsson, Johan Ling
Rock Art Studies: News of the World V / edited by Paul Bahn, Natalie Franklin, Matthias Strecker and Ekaterina Devlet, Oxford, Archeopress Publishing LTD, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

2015

Krieger und Felskunst im bronzezeitlichen Skandinavien
Johan Ling, Per Cornell
Krieg. Eine Archäologische Spurensuche. Harald Meller; Michael Schefzik (red.), Darmstadt, Konrad Theiss, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

Picturing the Bronze Age – an introduction
Johan Ling, Peter Skoglund, Ulf Bertilsson
Picturing the Bronze Age / edited by Peter Skoglund, Johan Ling and Ulf Bertilsson, Oxford, Oxbow, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

The Stranger King & Rock Art
Johan Ling, Rowlands Michael
Picturing the Bronze Age / edited by Peter Skoglund, Johan Ling and Ulf Bertilsson, Oxford, Oxbow Books , Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

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