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The Skåäng stone (KJ 85) is one of Sweden’s most remarkable rune stones with its brief inscription in the older futhark and its considerably longer Viking-Age inscription from the 11th century. The inscription with the Viking runes is known since 1830 while the older one was discovered during a visit by Hans Hildebrand in 1866. […]

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Documentation of runic inscriptions is a many-faceted endeavor. It ranges from reading protocols produced during the examination of inscriptions to techniques for documenting (a) visually, (b) physically, and (c) natural-scientifically what is observed on the runic object. Reading protocols have not changed much over the years. They still consist of sketches – more or less […]

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Knot runes are an elaborated variety of runes which have fascinated scholars over the centuries. But knot runes have proved to be both elusive and confusing too. In the year 1600 the founding father of Swedish runology, Johannes Bureus, observed the peculiar knot runes in the Ovansjö inscription, Gs 15, during his visit to the […]

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