Rune Stones

At Skansen there are four rune stones from the 11th century which was the period when most rune stones were raised in Sweden.

There are some 3000 known runic inscriptions in Sweden either on raised stones (rune stones) or on smooth rocks (rock carvings).

Runes were carved in wreaths that often took the form of snakes or dragons. Most of the inscriptions contain a cross indicating that this was the period when Christianity was spreading into Sweden. Rune stones were raised in honour of a dead ancestor or as a memo­rial to an important event. They could also commemo­rate building a bridge or road. Many of the stones were raised beside important thoroughfares where they would have been seen by numerous travellers.