Runes are letters developed for writing out early Germanic languages. The three best-known runic alphabets are the Elder Futhark, the Younger Futhark, and the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc — the term Futhark (or Futhorc) refers to the sounds indicated by the first six letters in each alphabet.Each script was used in a different region and at a different time.
So called rune stones were even found in states like Oklahoma, all probably created by 19th c Swedish and Norwegian settlers. Sometimes rocks were found with actual Native American markings on them, and people were eager to ascribe these as “Viking rune stones” as well, even if none of the figures were actually runes.
The Norumbega Vinland Stone. This was found on a Nova Scotia beach covered with moss and sea gull droppings. After it was cleaned up this is what was taken last fall. No Idea what is says or how old or new it is. The markings look like Norse Rune but I am no expert on the matter. Could be just some old local fisherman with too much time on his.More runes needed. Towards the end of the Viking Age the rune-masters felt the need for more runes in their “futhark” and included some new ones. The knowledge of runes also became more widespread because in many places everyday messages from ordinary people and “Viking graffitti” have been found written on wood or bone.The runic alphabet was known from the first century AD among all Germanic tribes around the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. The oldest version of the runic alphabet had 24 runes. Vikings also used runes to create a calendar- Learn more about the Viking Runic Calendar.
Jan 1, 2014 - Runes are an ancient Germanic alphabet, used for writing, divination and magick. They were used throughout northern Europe, Scandinavia, the British Isles, and Iceland from about 100 B.C.E. to 1600 C.E. Runic inscriptions of great age have even been found in North America, supporting stories that the Vikings arrived in the Americas long before Columbus.
When a simple farmer discovered what seemed to be an ancient stone with “Viking-style” runes inscribed on it in Minnesota, people said he was crazy or lying. But more than 100 years later, additional discoveries have proved the stele was the real McCoy, although left there by Knights Templar of the Middle Ages rather than Norsemen.
Old runic inscriptions have even been found in North America, supporting stories that the Vikings arrived in the Americas long before Columbus. The history of Runes and their use. Tacit, in chapter X of his “Germany”, describes a form of divination used by the Germanic tribes.
America Unearthed Vikings in America America Unearthed Vikings in America It's the morning after and already I'm receiving a flood of emails, including from academics, that it's an outrage the Noman's Land Island Rune Stone is not being rescued.. The rune stone was found near Saluda, North Carolina. I haven't had a chance to visit the site.
North America - Several rune stones have been found in North America; however the authenticity of all of them is in question. The two most famous North American runestones are the Kensington Runestone unearthed in Minnesota and the Heavener Runestone found in Oklahoma.
L'Anse aux Meadows is an archaeological site on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland. Discovered in 1960, it is the only known site of a Norse or Viking village in Canada, and in North America outside of Greenland. The UNESCO World Heritage Site highlights Viking life in North America.
The Mound Builders lived during 1000 A.D. The mounds are found in almost all the valleys of the Mississippi and Ohio River Systems. Types of mounds. North America’s mounds were of many shapes and must have been used in several different ways. Some of the mounds were built in the lower Mississippi at about the time of Columbus.
This mythical colony would have been established by Leif Ericson around the same period as the settlement at l’Anse aux Meadows, in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the most famous site of a Norse or Viking settlement in North America outside Greenland. Butternuts found in the Newfoundland site had already suggested that.
Most of Sweden’s surviving runestones date from the end of the Viking Age, or the 11th century AD. Runestones were primarily raised as memorials to dead relatives, friends or loved ones.
Few archaeologists will argue that Vikings didn’t land in North America, and set up colonies, but few would actually claim that they headed farther south than the runestones seem to suggest.
The writing scheme employed, Elder Futhark runes, were used far before the other Viking excursions into North America, and two of the runes are incorrect. There are a few other proported Viking artifacts in Oklahoma, but all are generally accounted as either similar low-quality modern fakes, or more likely Native American in origin.