Norway archaeologists find ‘world’s oldest runestone’

The runestone was found in the fall of 2021 during an unearthing of a grave close to Tyrifjord, west of Oslo, in a district known for a few fantastic archeological finds. Things in the incineration pit — consumed bones and charcoal — show that the runes probably were engraved between A.D. 1 and 250.

“We really wanted opportunity to break down and date the runestone,” she said to make sense of why the finding was first declared on Tuesday.

Estimating 31 centimeters by 32 centimeters (12.2 creeps by 12.6 inches), the stone has a few sorts of engravings and not all check out. Eight runes on the facade of the stone read “idiberug” — which could be the name of a lady, a man or a family.

Zilmer referred to the revelation as “the most shocking thing that I, as a scholar, have had.”

There is still a ton of exploration to be finished on the stone, named the Svingerud stone after the site where it was found.

“Without uncertainty, we will get significant information about the early history of runic composition,” Zilmer said.

The runestone will be displayed for a month, beginning on Jan. 21, at the Exhibition hall of Social History, which has Norway’s biggest assortment of authentic antiquities, from the Stone Age to current times.

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