Hilfeling’s drawings from Scania

In the 1770s and 1780s, the Swedish artist Carl Gustav Gottfried Hilfeling travelled around Scania at the expense of the Danish government and drew historical and archaeological objects which predated Scania becoming Swedish at the Treaty of Roskilde in 1658. It was originally to be a collaboration with the Danish historian Jacob Langebek, but he died in 1777. Hilfeling’s drawings are of great documentary value and show a broad cross section of both prehistoric and historic Scanian cultural heritage, from the Bronze Age to the Renaissance. Shown here is the drawing of the largest Bronze Age burial site in Scandinavia, which lies in Kivik in south east Scania.

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