Rune stones abound in the Uppsala region. In a recent blog post—Spring into Ekerö Rune Stones and Lambs—I thought I was searching for a rune stone because of the blue wooden house sign with an R on it. I was wrong. But not completely. Oh, and I do have a friend named Rune! But it is not pronounced the same as rune stone. Instead, it is like “rue-ne” with a roll of the r.
The Blue Sign Led Me to a Recent Rune Stone Discovery!
During some further research into what the blue sign with the “R” on it really indicates, I found an article just published on Friday about a discovery of another rune stone that connects to Ekerö. Is it possible that this is where it belongs? The article is in Swedish but I used Google to translate it into English.
After reading the article it is hard to tell if there is a direct connection. But it is still pretty cool that I finally visited this site just before they made this discovery.
I also finally found the origin of the sign. It is the Swedish National Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet).
This sign does not indicate specifically that there is a rune stone; it indicates there is an antiquity of some kind, in other words it is registered with Riksantikvarieämbetet.
And One Blue Sign Led to Another…
Finding out what the sign means is super cool because I found a way to search for all the types of antiquities from Riksantikvarieämbetet’s website. Go to http://www.fmis.raa.se/cocoon/fornsok/search.html. The database is of course, in Swedish.
After some digging (and thankfully having Google Translate), I figured out that the area where I was searching for a rune stone is more specifically bebyggelselämningar, that translates to settlement remains. The coordinates match (N 59° 17′ 2,23″, E 17° 43′ 50,01″).
The database also enables me to import a location file into Google Earth! I love technology.
Stafsund is Ripe with Rs
I also told you about rune stone U18 on the farm where I live—Fallen Rune Stone. I used the database to have a look at the island of Ekerö. You can see on the map that Ekerö is awash with these registered antiquities. And I had to crop the image to make it slightly readable.
Even more fun is that Stavsund (or Stafsund) has several more “R” points of interest in addition to the rune stone.
- Runfynd bland blåsipporna (the article about the discovery, in Swedish)
- Runestone among Anenomes (the article translated using Google)