Missing Viking-era rune stone turns up in Sweden
A Viking-era rune stone that went missing for almost two centuries has been found after a Swedish archaeologist stumbled on it almost by chance.
|The unearthed runestone U 874 at Hagby Church [Credit: Emelie Sunding]|
"We knew that there had been a medieval church there, but didn't know that this rune stone was in that exact location," Emelie Sunding, archaeologist at Uppland Museum, who was present during the construction project to preserve any historic remains discovered, told The Local on Wednesday.
|The carvings on the rune stone [Credit: Emelie Sunding/Upplandsmuseet]|
"The stone is known from before. It was depicted in the 17th century and when the medieval church was torn down in the 19th century we have written records that mention the stone as lost and that it had maybe been moved," said Sunding.
|Bird figure on the upper part [Credit: Emelie Sunding]|
According to archaeologists, the stone was made by Fot, a runemaster who lived and worked in the area in the mid 11th-century and has created and signed several famous rune stones found in Sweden.
|A drawing showing the carvings on the stone [Credit: Emelie Sunding/Upplandsmuseet]|
The runestone will now be cleaned and then possibly re-erected at Hagby Church.
Source: The Local [October 05, 2016]