A Couple Renovating Their Kitchen in Denmark Found an Ancient Stone Carved With Viking Runes
An ancient stone was discovered under the kitchen floor in a home in Denmark. Photo Lene Brandt, courtesy National Museum of Denmark.
When Lene Brandt and her husband, Anders Nielsen, were preparing to tear up the linoleum floors in the kitchen in their home in the village of Mosekær, in Denmark, they probably expected the normal things that occur in the course of such a project: cost overruns, delays, and problems with contractors.
Instead, what they found was an ancient artifact. The couple stumbled across a nearly 2,000-pound stone, measuring more than six feet long, carved with ancient runes. The couple contacted local experts at the Museum Østjylland. Staff archaeologist Benita Clemmensen is quoted by the cultural news site Skjalden saying that these stones are the sole written records of the Viking Age.
Five runes can be found carved into the stone’s surface, reading “aft Bi,” which can be translated as “after B.”