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10,000 Year Old Boat-Shaped Petroglyph Found in Norway

A boat-shaped petroglyph thought to be approximately 10,000 – 11,000 years old has been found in Norway.

Retired geologist Ingvar Lindahl discovered the 13 foot long petroglyph earlier this summer. Its age was determined based on the evidence of water levels against the stone it was found on. Archaeologist Jan Magne Gjerde describes this discovery:

You must have the light at the right angle to see the figures. They have been dated through the change of sea level. In the Stone Age, the sea was higher up, so we can date the rock carvings through elevations of land. This is how we see that these are between 10,000 and 11,000 years old.1

At this stage, this petroglyph is the oldest-dated boat petroglyph in the world.2

Although mainstream history postulates cross-oceanic journeys happened in more recent history, this find is intriguing because it demonstrates that ten to eleven thousand years ago people had knowledge of large sea-faring vessels, in theory capable of transporting many people over vast distances.

Interestingly, the date of the find goes back to the time period shortly after a great global cataclysm took place,3 after which some survivors of this cataclysm appear to have traveled around the world to re-establish the lost civilization of the sun via a sophisticated global sea-faring network.

A Global Sea-Faring Network

A shot of the Kon-Tiki Expedition, undertaken in 1947 by Thor Heyerdahl to show how ancient migration from South America to Polynesia was possible; a journey the wisdom bringer Viracocha (also known as Kon-Tiki) was said to have made to re-establish the Religion of the Sun. Photo by Nasjonalbiblioteket from Norway – Expedition Kon-Tiki 1947. Across the Pacific.Uploaded by palnatoke, CC BY 2.0, Link

There is mounting evidence that shows a global civilization was established by skilled sea-farers who traveled all over the world, gradually spreading their sophisticated knowledge on engineering, architecture, navigation and agriculture, and imparting timeless wisdom based on spiritual principles and reverence for the spiritual meaning of the sun.4

The ability to travel between distant lands explains why the same symbols, building styles, alignments to the sun and stars, and similar spiritual figures and teachings can be seen again and again, despite being separated over vast distances.

In this video from Sakro Sawel, Lara Atwood explains more about the diffusion of the lost civilization of the sun:

Remarkably, petroglyphs depicting boats have been discovered all over the world including Scandinavia, Egypt,5 Azerbaijan, Australia6 and even Canada.

Left: Reed boat petroglyph found in Azerbaijan. Center: Boat-shaped petroglyph found in Sweden. Right: A cast of a boat petroglyph from Petroglyph Provincial Park in Woodview, Ontario, Canada.
Photo credits: LEFT: Photo by Bruno Girin [ CC BY-SA 2.0,] via Wikimedia Commons Cropped. CENTER: Bjoertvedt [CC BY-SA 4.0,] via Wikimedia Commons RIGHT: Photo by D. Gordon E. Robertson [ CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons Cropped.

The recent discovery of the 10,000 year old boat-shaped petroglyph in Norway indicates that knowledge of the technology required for a civilization to spread across the earth was in existence after the cataclysm, adding to the growing body of evidence that the lost civilization of the sun was established by people who braved the seas to bring the Religion of the Sun to all corners of the earth.


Read the full article on The Local Norway

  1. Sputnik. “On the Rocks: Norwegian Retiree Stumbles Upon World’s Oldest Boat Depiction.” Sputnik International. September 28, 2017. Accessed October 06, 2017.  

  2. “Discovery of 10,000 year old boat petroglyph in Norway described as ‘sensational’.” The Archaeology News Network. September 27, 2017. Accessed October 10, 2017.  

  3. Hancock, Graham, Magicians of the gods: the forgotten wisdom of Earths lost civilization. London: Coronet, 2015, p.1  

  4. For example, Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdhal physically demonstrated how ancient cross-ocean sea-faring would have been possible with his Kon-Tiki expedition. Additionally, evidence of large vessels used in salt water have been found in ancient Egypt (see: Curry, Andrew. “Egypt’s Ancient Fleet: Lost for Thousands of Years, Discovered in a Desolate Cave.” Discover Magazine. September 6, 2011. Accessed October 9, 2017. Additional information can be found on this page.  

  5.  Lankester, Francis. Boat Petroglyphs in Egypt’s Central Eastern Desert’. Publication Name: Barnard, H. & Duistermaat, W. The History of the Peoples of the Eastern Desert, Monograph 73, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCL, Los Angeles. Boat Petroglyphs in Egypt’s Central Eastern Desert. 2012. Accessed October 6, 2017.  

  6. Ancient rock art featuring large boats are found among what’s known as the “Bradshaw rock paintings” in  the Kimberley region, Australia.  

About the author

Vida Narovski

Vida Narovski a writer and researcher for and is a practitioner of the Religion of the Sun. Vida is of Baltic descent, and she is fascinated by the remnants of the Religion of the Sun that are found in her Lithuanian roots, many of which are still prevalent in Lithuanian culture today. She explores ancient sacred sites and pores over ancient texts, with the hope of bringing back the relevance of the Religion of the Sun to those interested in spirituality today.


  • This is very interesting and sheds a lot of light on the inaccuracy of generally established views of history.
    I feel that so much of what we have been taught is wrong. Far from being primitive, many of these societies had incredible knowledge and were far more in tune with spiritual values and knowledge.

    It’s always wonderful to hear stories of those that survived cataclysmic events and went on to spread their knowledge around the globe.

  • Interesting find – thanks for sharing Vida. We watched the Kon-Tiki documentary a little while ago and could see clearly from that how it was possible for the wisdom bringers to spread out across the world at that time. Great to have another piece like this also demonstrating it.

  • This is so interesting, and definitely an amazing find! Very lucky that this petroglyph survived in such a way that allowed it to be dated.

    The implications of a huge boat petroglyph from the time period of 10-11,000 years ago are really something to consider, especially in regards to the spreading of the religion of the sun in ancient times. You almost couldn’t ask for more direct evidence to support the idea that there was a global seafaring civilization that had technology much more advanced than what conventional history maintains today.

  • That is just so amazing. Specially how it came to be discovered.

    It makes you wonder what other artifacts have already been found or are waiting to be found and what they can tell us about this time lost in the far distance.

    thanks so much for sharing.

  • Very inspiring discovery, hopefully proof of a 10,000 year old boat will assist to paint a true picture of our ancient civilisation,

    Thanks Vida, that’s great information to pass on.

  • Thank you for sharing this astounding discovery. It’s amazing also to see these people’s strong resolve to spread the knowledge from their lost civilization.

  • That’s like one of the most interesting things a petroglyph could depict— a boat!

    Because that in itself opens up a whole box of questions. It is like… It’s not an answer, it’s more like a question that that message of the carving brought to us. Depicting a transportation vehicle at a time when that “shouldn’t” have been around. So who were they then? Where did they come from? Where did they go next? How far?

  • That is an amazing discovery.

    Having seen some petroglyphs in person, I found they really had a raw power and weight that I had never expected they could. Even though they are relatively small in scale compared to a huge monument like a pyramid or a mound, there is a certain immediacy and personal connection you can feel in seeing something that another person etched so long ago.

    In this case the great age of it makes it even more astounding, especially since it shows that these ancient, pre-historic humans, in a time of supposed “primitive hunter-gatherers,” were able to conceive of what strongly appear to be ocean-faring ships.

    It’s another crack in the conventional wisdom which states that advanced civilization could not have existed at this early epoch of history.

  • Thanks for sharing that story Vida – it’s pretty amazing that they were able to date it and that the petroglyph hasn’t been destroyed over all these years! I wonder how much of the ancient history from around that time has been lost because it was painted onto stones rather than carved into them, I imagine there were probably lots more examples that might already have been lost or overlooked.

  • That’s a pretty amazing discovery. Hopefully this will help piece together more clues about our ancient history. I wonder how many other petroglyphs or ancient stone structures/complexes are out there that were built in the same era as these 10, 000 year old petroglyphs but whose true age was either dismissed or underestimated because it didn’t fit conventional scientific paradigms (ie. based on carbon dating)?

  • “You must have the light at the right angle to see the figures.” It sounds like it could have been easily missed. What are the chances of a retired geologist coming across it and looking at just the right angle? It is another reminder of how many clues surround us just waiting to be discovered.

  • This is an amazing find. I didn’t know there was something so old in Norway. It’s interesting to me to see these petroglyphs in a new light of what they could mean. Growing up I was taught they were made by a very simple kind of people, who just felt a need to carve pictures from their every day lives into rock. I remember feeling a bit disappointed about it. But now, everything feels turned on its head. That those people could be much much more advanced than that.

  • Really cool discovery. As you say, it’s another bit of proof that adds to the claim of a lost global civilization that quite likely understood the principles of the Religion of the Sun. The implications are pretty astounding. Thanks for sharing, Vida : )

  • How incredible they had the opportunity to date the petroglyphs — since those are notoriously near impossible to get dates from. And 13 feet is one massive glyph 😮

  • That’s an incredible discovery and I hope it will get some real attention, hopefully opening the minds of many archaeology experts to the notion of an ancient global civilization.

  • That’s quite a discovery, and it’s fortunate that the petroglyph appeared (and survived) on a stratum of rock that allowed it’s true age to be understood.

    The dating, coinciding with the end of the last ice age, certainly seems to support the idea that seafaring people, with sophisticated technology who obviously came from a developed civilization, were in existence and traveling the seas back then, possessing the capacity to re-seed civilization and spread their spiritual knowledge.

  • Quite a remarkable discovery. Interesting that it’s not only the oldest but also the largest petroglyph depiction of a boat, and the dating to not so long after the end of the last ice age coincides with when the wisdom bringers of the religion of the sun were traveling throughout the world.

    • I noticed that as well Lucia, and made a note to dig into that at some point. Thanks for sharing those pics – I have to say with red being my favorite colour, I find these petroglyphs especially nice to look at! 🙂

      There are some really intriguing ones in that first link you sent. The picture with the woman standing next to the boat really gives you a sense of just how big some of these petroglyphs are! I also find it intriguing that they put the hand prints as well. It’s something I’ve seen in rock art here in North America.

      • Hi Vida, Yes, that picture of the woman standing next to the boat caught my attention as well. At first I thought maybe that was the one you wrote about here, but then I found out it was not.
        The carving of a person holding the sun sign in one hand and the cross in the other is amazing too. Also as you said, they are all carved in red, which seems to be the pigment (or maybe a result of some oxidation?) that survived all those thousands of years…

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