An archaeologist inspects a sandstone rock, believed to be the world’s oldest runestone, in Oslo on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
An archaeologist inspects a sandstone rock, believed to be the world’s oldest runestone, in Oslo on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Norway archaeologists find ‘world’s oldest runestone’

  • The flat sandstone block has inscriptions up to 2,000 years old, which may be the earliest example of words recorded in writing in Scandinavia
  • Older runes have been found on other items, including a bone comb found in Denmark, but not on stone

An archaeologist inspects a sandstone rock, believed to be the world’s oldest runestone, in Oslo on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
An archaeologist inspects a sandstone rock, believed to be the world’s oldest runestone, in Oslo on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
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