The stela, which was found in a burial ground discovered in the fall of 2021 near Lake Tyrifjorden, will be on display at Oslo’s Museum of Cultural History from January 21 to February 26.
Norwegian archaeologists believe they have found the oldest runestone in the world, engraved almost two millennia ago, several centuries before those already known, as announced on Tuesday. The brown sandstone block, about a foot on a side, was found in a burial ground discovered in the fall of 2021 near Lake Tyrifjorden, northwest of Oslo, during work for the construction of a railway line. And, the information was given today as time was needed to analyze and date it.
The dating of bones and charred wood found in a tomb next to the stone suggests that it was engraved between the year 1 and the year 250 of our era, indicated the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, which also estimated that it is “a dream for the runologists”. Runestones are stones engraved with inscriptions made up of runic letters, the oldest known alphabet in Scandinavia.
“The first in Norway and Sweden were thought to have appeared in the 300s or 400s, but it turns out that some runestones may be older than previously thought,” runologist Kristel Zilmer told Norwegian news agency NTB, adding that “it is a unique discovery”. Of the inscriptions on the stele, not all have been interpreted. Eight runes on the front form the word “idiberug”, which can be the name of a person, male or female, or of a family. The stone will be on display from January 21 to February 26 at Oslo’s Museum of Cultural History, which holds Norway’s largest collection of historical artifacts, from the Stone Age to the modern era.
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