‘Missing’ rune stone turns up near Stockholm

A Viking-era rune stone has been “rediscovered” near Vaxholm in the Stockholm archipelago after a group of university students stumbled across the historic rock that had been hiding in plain sight for nearly 300 years.

'Missing' rune stone turns up near Stockholm
Researcher Magnus Källström examining the rune stone [Credit: The Local]

“It’s a very intriguing find, it shows that there is so much history yet to discover,” researcher Magnus Källström from the Swedish National Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet) told The Local in reference to the 1,000-year-old stone.

The find took place last week while archaeologist Torun Zachrisson and a group of students from Stockholm University were on an excursion in hopes of finding a rune stone known as U 170.

According to Zachrisson the stone has “been missing” for 300 years, but was rumoured to be near Bogesund’s brygga, a jetty just outside of the archipelago town that lies an hour east of the capital city.

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