Nowadays most of my job is being done from behind a desk while using a computer, but now and then I get to go out on a hike in the cultural landscape whislt working.
Today I was out inspecting a find of a so called fossil road (hålväg in Swedish term). This road ha sprobably not been used for quite some time, probably several hundered years.
How old it is, I can not say offhand, but through long usage it has cut through the soil. This part of the road is about 150 meters and is part of a system of parts of different roads, it is about 40-70 cm wide at the bottom and 2-3 meters at the top and has a depth of about 0.8-1 meter. It has been used more than a few times.
It makes you or at least med wonder who used it, when and why. Is this a road between two villages, settelments, or between different activity areas or is it a more general way?
Quite a luxery being able to dwell on thongs like this whilst at work 🙂
On our way south we passed a few rune stones in Ostergotland. First out was Ög 190 in Vikingstad parish. It is dated to the 11th century and the inscription is “…erected this stone after Agute a good…”.
As you can see the rune stone has been mended but some fragments are missing.
Next stop was the three rune stones; Ög 207-209, along an abandoned road (hålväg) by an prehistoric grave field in Viby parish. The stones are dated to the 11th century. Ög 207 and 208 are in their original place while Ög 209 was found nearby in the 1860’s and later placed here. The grave field predates the rune stones. The grave filed is used during the Iron Age but might have used also during the Bronze Age.
The abandoned road, it’s known as the old country road in sources from the 17th century but is very possible as old as or older than the rune stones.
Redulv and Gere erected this stone after Ofeg, their uncle, a good farmer.
Vige erected this stone after Ofeg, his father.
Toste erected stone after Toke and Oruste, his nephews.