Friday, October 5, 2007

New Rune Stone Discovered

See prior post mentioning runes. From Published 04 October 207 Ancient rune stone found Archeologists were very pleasantly surprised to discover an unknown rune stone under the floor of Hauskjeen church in Rennesøy, Rogaland in western Norway The rune stone likely stems from the 11th century, and tells of Halvard's powers or Halvard's magnificence. The stone slab has been broken off at both ends, and the text ("Mæktir haluar") is just a small part of the original inscription. Archeologists from the Archeological Museum in Stavanger thought at first that they had rediscovered a rune stone documented in 1639 and 1745, but closer examination revealed that the stone has not been reported before. The discovery site implies that the slab could have been a tombstone, but the text makes it more likely that it is the remains of a monument. The rune stone is now on exhibit at Stavanger's Archeological Museum. The runes are from the so-called medieval runes in use from the second half of the 11th century.

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