Södermanland is the second richest rune-stone province in the world with more than 450 known runic inscriptions. Therefore we have planned two parallel excursions and you must choose which one you want to participate in. The tours will be guided by Magnus Källström and Per Stille/Patrik Larsson respectively.
[Updated August, 21: Some changes have been made concerning the selection of inscriptions on tour 2.]
The monuments mentioned below will definitely be visited, but if the participants are fleet-footed enough, we may find time for further inscriptions.
Tour 1: The Rönö area
This tour will be guided by Magnus Källström
This tour includes the two rune-stones with older runes (Sö 24 Berga and Sö 32 Skåäng) as well as the monumental Västerljung stone (Sö 40), which is carved on three faces. We will also visit the Grinda stones (Sö 165, Sö 166) and the rune-stones at Korpa bro (Sö 139, Sö 140).
The main attraction on this excursion is the old assembly place at Aspa löt with its thing assembly mound, a couple of standing stones and several rune stones (Sö 137, Sö 138, Sö 141, Sö Fv1948;289), one of them carrying the first indigenous record of the name of Sweden (Svēþiūð).
The tour concludes with a stop at Sö 164 at Spånga in Råby-Rönö parish. The inscription is written in three different runic systems and the combined ship and cross found on this stone have also served as logotype for our conference.
Tour 2: The Eskilstuna area
This tour will be guided by Per Stille and Henrik Williams
This tour takes us to the north of Södermanland, but we start with the Skåäng stone (Sö 32) which carries inscriptions in both older and younger runes. The excursion includes the Sigurd-carvings on Ramsundsberget (Sö 101) and on the Gök stone in Härad (Sö 327). We will also visit Kungshållet in Kjula, a large burial ground and former assembly place with the three and a half meter high rune-stone Sö 106, and Gredby gata in Eskilstuna with three stones (Sö 107-109), of which two are connected to the campaign of Ingvar the far-travelled.
On our way back to Nyköping there is a stop planned at the rune stone Sö 111 at Stenkvista church which carries a depiction of a Thorr’s hammer (or is it a tau-cross?). The last attraction on this excursion is the Fyrby boulder in Blacksta (Sö 56) commissioned by two brothers who claim themselves to be the most rune-skilled in the world!