Understanding Swedish Rune Stones

Understanding Swedish Rune Stones

Wherever you go in southern Sweden you are likely to find rune stones. These ancient Viking stones with their distinctive red patterns and cryptic markings seem to be everywhere. But what are rune stones, and what were they for? What Were Viking Rune Stones?...
The Ancient Burial Sites of Gotland

The Ancient Burial Sites of Gotland

There are stones everywhere. Wherever you go in Gotland they are scattered on the beach and by the road, in fields and in forests. They must have provided plentiful building material for the ancient labyrinths around the coast. And, as I discovered, these stones were...
Discovering the Fishing Stations of Gotland

Discovering the Fishing Stations of Gotland

I went to Gotland in search of its stone labyrinths and the medieval city of Visby. But, as so often happens, it was the unexpected that caught my attention. And I found two things that took me by surprise. The first was the old fishing stations that are dotted around...
The Stone Labyrinths of Gotland

The Stone Labyrinths of Gotland

Over the past few years I’ve been exploring English turf mazes, and I recently visited the last on the list. So it was time to discover their predecessors, the stone labyrinths of Scandinavia. My destination was the Swedish island of Gotland, home to more than...
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