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The oldest rune stone discovered by Norwegian archaeologists

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Petar Gramatikov
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Dr. Petar Gramatikov is the Editor in Chief and Director of The European Times. He is a member of the Union of Bulgarian Reporters. Dr. Gramatikov has more than 20 years of Academic experience in different institutions for higher education in Bulgaria. He also examined lectures, related to theoretical problems involved in the application of international law in religious law where a special focus has been given to the legal framework of New Religious Movements, freedom of religion and self-determination, and State-Church relations for plural-ethnic states. In addition to his professional and academic experience, Dr. Gramatikov has more than 10 years Media experience where he hold a positions as Editor of a tourism quarterly periodical “Club Orpheus” magazine – “ORPHEUS CLUB Wellness” PLC, Plovdiv; Consultant and author of religious lectures for the specialized rubric for deaf people at the Bulgarian National Television and has been Accredited as a journalist from “Help the Needy” Public Newspaper at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

The flat, square block of brownish sandstone has carved scribbles that may be the earliest example of words recorded in written form in Scandinavia. The Oslo Museum of Cultural History said the find is among the oldest runic inscriptions ever found and the oldest dated runic stone in the world.

This may be one of the first attempts to use runes in Norway and Scandinavia on stone, Kristel Zillmer, a professor at the University of Oslo, told The Guardian.

Older runes have been found on other objects, but not on stone. The earliest runic find is on a bone comb found in Denmark.

The rune stone was discovered in the fall of 2021 during the excavation of a grave near Tirifjord, west of Oslo, in a region known for several monumental archaeological finds. Objects in the cremation pit, burnt bones and charcoal, indicate that the runes were probably written between AD 1 and 250.

According to Prof. Zillmer, it took time to analyze and date the stone, which is why the discovery was announced only now.

The runestone will be on display for a month, starting on January 21, at the Museum of Cultural History, which has Norway’s largest collection of historical artefacts, from the Stone Age to modern times.

Illustrative Photo by Erik Mclean:

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