Ignoring the fact that it is February already, this post offers a long overdue overview of the finds and interpretations of runic inscriptions and carved stone monuments that made the news last year.
To also serve some current news, there is of course is K. Jonas Norby’s breakthrough in cracking the Jötunvillur runic code. This news has been doing the rounds on the internet and especially last week also in the English-language press (who sometimes went a bit far in offering some additional interpretations…). The most comprehensive article is the Norwegian original, featuring interviews with Jonas Nordby, James Knirk and Henrik Williams, and this translation into English.
February also came with an article on Bryggen’s more sassy inscriptions.
This spring and summer yielded the (re)discovery of several stone monuments: an 12th-century decorated grave stone in Ærø; the Medieval Sillian 3 stone from Wales with a cross and lozenge pattern; the 11th-century runestone in Södra Roslagen with the oldest evidence for the place-name Ekerö; and of course the stone at Orphir, Orkney, with a latin runic inscription.