COPENHAGEN ( Associated Press) – Archaeologists at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo said Tuesday they have found a runestone they say is the oldest in the world, containing inscriptions dating back 2,000 years, providing clues to the enigmatic history of runic writing. are of early times.
The Museum of Cultural History states that the flat, square block of brown sandstone, carved with inscriptions, may be one of the earliest specimens of writing preserved in Scandinavia. He stated that they were “among the oldest runic inscriptions ever found” and were “the oldest dateable runic stele in the world”.
“This find will give us a lot of information about the use of runes in the early Iron Age. This may be one of the first attempts to make runes on stone in Norway and Scandinavia,” reports Christel Zillmer, a professor at the University of Oslo, to whom the museum Yes, told The Associated Press.
Older runes have been found on other objects, but not on stone. Zillmer said the oldest runic artifact is a bone comb found in Denmark, which may have been carved with a knife or needle.
The rune stele was found in late 2021 during the excavation of a tomb near Tyrefjord, west of Oslo, in an area characterized by many monumental archaeological finds. The objects found in the pit—burnt bones and charcoal—allow us to date the inscription to between 1 and 250 AD.
“We need time to analyze and date the runic stelae,” which is why the announcement was made only on Tuesday, he explained.
The 31 by 32 cm (12.2 by 12.6 in) stone has several inscriptions, not all of which have been deciphered. The eight runes in front form the word “Idiberug”, which can be the name of a person, male or female, or a family.
Much remains to be discovered in the stone called Savongerud after the place of discovery.
It will be on display for a month from January 21 at the Museum of Cultural History, which houses Norway’s largest collection of historical artifacts from the Stone Age to the modern era.