Robot paints petroglyphs

The roof and area around Moesgaard are currently adorned with copies of 3,000-year-old petroglyphs from the Bronze Age found in Scandinavia.

In order to be able to recreate the petroglyphs as accurately as possible, modern robot technology was used. The robot company, Intelligent Marking, who usually makes robots for sports field line marking accepted the challenge - although the museum's roof slopes 10 degrees more than a flat football pitch. In the beginning of July, their robot paint machine with built-in GPS technology recreated the same motifs that people carved in stone more than 3,000 years ago - now spray-painted in enlarged scale on the grass.

Video of the robot in action

See the amazing drone footage of the robot, which paints a large-scale copy of petroglyphs depicting a hunter and a deer.

Why paint petroglyphs on the roof?

On Moesgaard's roof and surrounding grass areas, we recreate the messages of the past by painting a selection of Bronze Age petroglyphs. The people of the Bronze Age made them under the same sun and sky and by the same sea and coast where we still live today. The petroglyphs represent ships, solar symbols, horses and warriors. The images give new life to the past in both the landscape and in our consciousness.

What are petroglyphs?

The people of the Bronze Age made rock carvings we today call petroglyphs. The more than 3,000-year-old motifs found on rocks throughout Scandinavia are echoes from a distant past. But were the petroglyphs stories, myths, images of gods or mere snapshots of what the Bronze Age people saw? We don't know, but we invite you to guess.

Want to know more about the robot?

On Intelligent’s Marking website, you can read more about the robot for sports field line marking.

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