The rune stone of Ostersund

This is a post that is long overdue, last fall sometime in November someone vandalized the Rune stone J RS1928;66 $ in Ostersund by spraying red paint on it. I’ve been set on visiting the rune stone that is placed on Froson, ca 2 km from the centre of Ostersund, since then and that happened now.

Though difficult to see on this picture the red paint is still visible, though rather week. I guess that some initial cleaning of the stone has been done. It is also possible that its been decided that this cleaning is the best way to go about it, that it would damage the stone more to do a harder scrub or use other chemicals etc.

A picture from before the vandalization is available at the National Heritage board Kulturmiljöbild (Cultural heritage pictures).

The inscription is interesting as the inscription is the earliest mentioning of the province Jamtland and also says that Jamtland been Christianized. The inscription is usually dated to ca 1050 A.D.

Inscription; Austmaðr, GuðfastaR sun, let ræisa stæin þenna ok gærva bro þessa ok han let kristna Iamtaland. Asbiorn gærði bro, Tryn/Trionn ræist ok Stæinn runaR þessaR.

Inscription translated to English; Austmaðr, Guðfastr’s son had this stone raised and this bridge made and he had Jamtaland Christianized. Ásbjôrn made the bridge, Trjónn(?) and Steinn carved these runes.

Magnus Reuterdahl

About Magnus Reuterdahl

I am an archaeologist/Osteologist from Sweden. My main intrest lays in north Euorpean archaeology in, preferbly the prehistory of the late iron age and the neolithic periods. I've also got a strong intrest for Chinese archaeology, especially the neolithc Yangshao culture. I also write about cultural heritage and cultural history. Mitt namn är Magnus Reuterdahl, jag är arkeolog och osteolog och arbetar företrädesvis i Sverige även om jag gjort ett par vändor till Kina. På den här bloggen skriver jag om mitt yrke, om fornlämningar, kulturarv och kulturhistoria m m. View all posts by Magnus Reuterdahl

4 responses to “The rune stone of Ostersund

  • ArchAsa

    If you are going to vandalize a cultural heritage, one would hope you would at least think of something original or profound to add to this beautiful stone. OTH, the runes scribbled on those two byzantian lion statues weren’t exactly poetry. But they were prettier to loook at…

  • ArchAsa

    BTW, when I write “you” I do not of course mean you Magnus. I know you would rather carve runes into your own body than do something this moronic. I meant it rethorically

  • Magnus Reuterdahl

    It’s an interesting notion; what was once graffiti of the type “Kilroy was here” such as your example or medieval runes carved in churches or Lord Byron’s scribble on one of the columns of the Temple of Poseidon is today seen as part of our cultural heritage in their own whilst modern graffiti is not. The issue is when does scribble or graffiti become art or a part of the cultural heritage and when and where and when is it acceptable to scribble, paint or spray. In the above mentioned cases the carving of runes or scribbling of names is not made in the front and centre as this and not with an intention of covering the piece, in this case, according to my ethics, it’s vandalization – if it were in the mind of the artist or vandal is another thing though.

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