Runic inscriptions and Picture stones
This album shows old photographs of runic inscriptions, as well as some of picture stones.

There are more than 4,000 runic inscriptions in Sweden, dated from the 3d century up to modern time. About 2,500 of the inscriptions are made on rune stones, most of them from the 11th century A.D. - the end of the Viking Age. They were not made as grave stones but as memorial stones. Most Swedish rune stones are from the province of Uppland, others are from Södermanland, Östergötland, Västergötland, Småland and other provinces.

Runic inscriptions were not only made on rune stones, but also on flat rocks or boulders, or on objects primarily made of wood or bone.

Some of the images show men, women or children posing beside the inscriptions, often aiming to show the scale in a simple way.

The picture stones are memorial stones from about 500-1100 A.D., with images engraved on raised stones, mainly on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea.
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