What can we read into runestones

Runic inscriptions -
The body of runic inscriptions on runestones fall into three different categories. The Elder Futhark is the oldest form of the runic.

Anglo-Saxon runes -
Anglo-Saxon runes were used by the early Anglo-Saxons as an alphabet in their writing system, used between the 5th and 11th centuries.

Younger Futhark -
The Younger Futhark, also called Scandinavian runes, is a runic alphabet and a reduced form of the Elder Futhark in use from the 9th century onwards.

Greece runestones -
Greece runestones are those that speak of voyages to the eastern Mediterranean to places like Greece, and further into the Byzantine Empire.

Jarlabanke runestones -
A runestone denoted as a Jarlabanke runestone refers to those written in Old Norse related to Jarlabanke Ingefastsson and his clan.

Rök runestone -
The Rök runestone is one of the most unique archaeological finds in the world, and certainly the most famous runestone.

Varangian runestones -
A Varangian runestone is one with inscriptions that mention voyages to the East (Austr) or the Eastern route (Austrvegr).

Jelling runestones -
The Jelling area of Denmark is synonymous with Viking history, and it's where the remarkable Jelling runestones are located.

Skårby runestones -
One of the Viking-era Skårby runestones, Skårby 1, is recognized for the lion in the center of the runic inscription, which reads as a memorial to a fallen brother. 

Jarlabanke runestones -
Around 20 runestones known as the Jarlabanke runestones and dated back to the 11th century are gathered in Sweden's Uppland province.

Skånela runestones -
A collection of Viking-era runestones can be admired in and around the vicinity of Skånela Church, near Stockholm, Sweden. 

Hedeby runestones -
The Hedeby stones are four runestones from the 10th century found at the town of Hedeby in Northern Germany.

Ashmolean runestone -
A runestone held by the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford in England is one of the so-called Greece runestones, or Greklandsstenarna. 

Anundshög runestone -
The Anundshög tumulus is one of Sweden's foremost ancient sites and commonly associated with the legendary King Anund. 

Alstad runestone -
The Alstad runestone on display at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo is decorated on both faces with runic inscriptions. 

Karlberg Castle runestone -
Set near the grounds of Stockholm's Karlberg Castle is this finely carved runestone.

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