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Norwegian Archaeologists Uncover the 'World's Oldest Runestone': A Remarkable Discovery



Archaeologists in Norway have found a runestone that they claim is the world's oldest. The inscriptions on the flat, square block of brownish sandstone are up to 2,000 years old and date back to the earliest days of runic writing. The Museum of Cultural History in Oslo said that the inscriptions may be the earliest example of words recorded in writing in Scandinavia. The runestone was discovered in the fall of 2021 during an excavation of a grave near Tyrifjord, west of Oslo, in a region known for several monumental archaeological finds. Crazy!


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