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The portormin (dunbeath) runestone

Findell, Martin

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Martin Findell



Abstract

A stone with a short runic inscription was discovered on the beach at Portormin Harbour in Dunbeath, Caithness, in 1996. The find attracted some press attention at the time, but has been largely ignored by the runological com­mu­nity amid doubts over its authenticity. There has, however, been no detailed dis­cussion of the stone in a public arena. A description of the inscription is followed by discussion of several interpretations. There are good reasons for suspecting that the carvings are of modern origin, but the matter cannot be settled with certainty; the case invites comparison with the controversies sur­rounding runic inscriptions in North America.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 23, 2016
Journal Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies
Electronic ISSN 1892-0950
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
APA6 Citation Findell, M. (2016). The portormin (dunbeath) runestone. Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies, 6,
Keywords older runes, Caithness, Scotland, modern runic inscriptions, suspect runic inscriptions, methodology, find report
Publisher URL http://uu.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A922591&dswid=5190
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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