word from the editors
bulky issue of Folklore was prepared in connection with the
20th anniversary of the Society of Prehistoric Art. Thus, Folklore
has two guest editors - Prof. Väino Poikalainen and Prof. Enn
Ernits. The special editors were chosen for their expertise in
petroglyphs and prehistoric art.
art has been in the spere of interest of different scholars since
Grewingk first did some research in 1848. Since 1982, recording of
and research into rock art has been organised by the Estonian Society
of Prehistoric Art, led by Prof. Väino Poikalainen. This society
unites Estonian, Russian, Karelian and Finnish archaeologists,
artists and representatives of widely different professions. Regular
field works in Russian, Karelian, Kola-Sami and Siberian territories
have revealed new rock art locations and provided elaborations for
maps of both single and group works of rock art. A thorough overview
of field works and one rock art location can be found in the
monograph by Väino Poikalainen and Enn Ernits «Rock
Carvings on Lake Onega. The Vodla Region. The society has also
featured exhibitions home and abroad, bringing prehistoric times and
the intriguing archaic world view closer to the contemporary man.
featured in this issue come from authors in Finland, Russia, Estonia
and Latvia. The articles introduce rock art and small forms in the
territories habited by Finno-Ugric peoples, but treat also the
related subjects of cup-marked stones, family symbols, etc. We would
also like to point out some recent publications of interest.
See also articles from vol 11.