(I thought some folk may be interested to hear of
this find. It was kept quiet until the initial press release on 1st / 2nd
October - I've updated my original circulation with a
partial transliteration of the inscription and a link to an image of the
stone. The stone is thought be linked in context to a grave. The area is
archaeologically known for being a funerary site)
Both Jim Knirk and Terje Spurkland, along with James Creakey from the
Museum of Cultural History and University of Oslo are examining a new rune find.
The stone bearing the runes was discovered about a week ago in situ in the
garden of Arnfinn and Bjørg Kirsten Henriksen of Hogganvik.
agreement of the runologists, at the moment, is that the nature of the find is
very rare because this stone bears what appears to be that of the futhark. Now
known as the Hogganvik-rock it has between 60 and 70 visible characters. This
may compare with the Tune stone in Sarpsborg which has an estimated 100. James
Creaky who has, so far, spent most time examining the characters is satisfied
that they represent a male who is named along with his character and profession
- but further transliteration is undeniable.
At the moment the stone is
secured in situ and may be later moved for better examination - this may take
place sooner rather than later if the weather deteriorates. A more in-depth
press release has been held back until tomorrow, but if this is not the case I
hope to be in a position to offer some more information.
--- I now have a rough copy of the inscription: The stone has 63 runes with
60 clear to attempts at primary transliteration giving -
EkNaudigastir and Ekaraf(a)r
on the two upper horizontal lines, belived to be a memorial context.
Further excavation of the site is in the advanced stages of planning.
'Archaeologists have a good life. They go
all over the world, seeking lost and forgotten civilizations. Now [...] that's a
profession for you.'
- Robert E. Howard circa 1935