Alta Petroglyphs

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Photo: Jenns Vinsrygg

Location: Alta, Sapmi, Norway

Photo: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

Official Listing: UNESCO World Heritage Site, 1985

Who Considers it Sacred? The Samie People of Norway

Significance: The rock carvings at Alta date to 6000 years old, and represent hunting scenes that illustrate the way of life of the Sami people. The Sami were very much tied to the land and the hunt, as their lives revolved totally around reindeer hunt.

Preservation Status: The Alta Petroglyphs have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to ensure their preservation.

For More Information: Site Saver Newsletter, Volume VI, Number 1, Fall 1995

Photo: Karl Brodowsky

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