Värikallio neolithic rupestrian drawings were discovered in Finland in 1977. They are found on a rock ledge of Lake Someärvi. Currently, in summer one can reach the site from the Visit center of the Hossa Natural Park either by canoe or on foot along a 4 km footpath with proper facilities. In winter, one can get to the site on skis or by motor sledge.

The neolithic rupestrian drawings are found on the surface of a vertical rock at 0.2-2.5 meters height above the water surface and are very well seen from the service bridges. The Someyarvi Lake area has hardly changed since the Stone Age and visitors can watch the drawings in the same landscape as ancient man did. Part of the drawings have been lost but one can still see some images of strange looking people with well engraved eyes and noses, the image of a famous “horned” man who might be a shaman and some five-legged animals.

The Värikallio neolithic rupestrian drawings are special as they do not contain boat images but have some images of people with triangle heads, which are a contemporary symbol of the site. The monument is in danger due to lichens and vandalism. As the locals put that, a local anchoret poured wood tar over the drawings to demonstrate his protest against the paganism advocacy. Fortunately, the monument was not damaged. The wood tar only destroyed the upper lichens but made people think of the monument protection and primitive art promotion.

Source: Finnish Neolithic Rupestrian Drawings Guide, a book by T. Vetterstrand, publised by Meedia Zone OU, Estonia, 2013

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