Runic Forgeries in Northern Scotland

Ragnhild Ljosland, Andrea Blendl

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This article discusses modern runic inscriptions from Orkney and Caithness. It presents various examples, some of which were previously considered 'genuine' and reveals that Or 13 Skara Brae is of modern provenance. The terminology concerning 'runic forgeries' is examined and suggestions are presented as to why there is such an abundance of recently carved inscriptions in this particular region.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-150
Number of pages23
JournalFuthark: International Journal of Runic Studies
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019


  • Runes
  • Graffiti
  • Scotland


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