Runes: How can you tell if it’s a genuine runic inscription?

Runestone from Breckness, near Stromness, Orkney

Runes – How can you tell if it’s the real thing?  How can you tell if something you have found is an authentic runic inscription? When I get sent pictures of stones with lines that look like runes on them, people often ask me if it’s the genuine article or not.  To find out, I first ask myself: Is it natural? Because quite […]

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The Men in Maeshowe: Why did they break in?

7.00 pm – 8.00 pm Venue: Maeshowe Visitor Centre, Stenness Who broke in to Maeshowe in the 12th century and carved runes on the walls – and why did they do it? Dr Ragnhild Ljosland looks at clues from the Norse period in this talk which links the Maeshowe runes with Norse beliefs and folklore […]

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Layers of sand, layers of history

Lines in sandstone caused by natural weathering. Despite the visual similarity they are not runes.
Lines in sandstone caused by natural weathering. Despite the visual similarity they are not runes. Reverse side of stone. Lines in sandstone caused by natural weathering. Despite the visual similarity they are not runes. Beach combing in Burray Burray is an exciting place for beach combers: Along a wide, beautifully arched bay, the layers of [...]Read more of Layers of sand, layers of history...