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Pilane – meeting place between people and cultures for thousands of years.

12.000 years ago. Pilane was covered by a one-kilometres thick blanket of ice.

10.000 years ago. The ice had melted enough that the higher sections of Pilane was above water. Reindeer hunters followed flocks of reindeer grazing by the edge of the inland ice. 

4.500 years ago. Farming Stone Age. Traces of seasonal settlements can be found where the parking areas is today. Among other things, there have been finds of funnel beaker pottery – ornate and very beautiful. Enormous shell banks have been created, later giving Pilane the calcium soil that has enabled today’s rich variety in species.

3.000 years ago. Bronze Age. Ceramic artefacts have been found near today’s car park, which was a beach at the time. The nearby rock carving with 15 ships dates back to this time.

2.000 years ago. There was now a large settlement around Pilane. There are grave fields of about 90 visible graves dating back to between 500 BC and 1000 AD. The type of graves is from the Roman Iron Age and the migration age. There are also stone circles known as “judges’ rings” as they were used as courts.

Present. Archaeological excavations have found that Pilane wasn’t just a settlement and burial place, but a meeting place for people and cultures. Pilane as a meeting place is also the focus of today’s Pilane. Around the grave field, a sculpture exhibition has been displaying art works by leading artists from round the globe since 2007. There are new works of art each summer.

Sculpture in Pilane is a private, independent and non-commercial initiative run by Pilane Heritage Museum AB (svb).