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In 1774, treasure hunters unearthed a gold medallion in Vadstena, Sweden.
Dated to 500, the Vadstena bracteate contains the oldest and most complete listing of the 24-letter elder Futhark rune alphabet.
The legal document was supposed to reflect Danish values, so it was written in runes.
The Codex contains “Scanian Law,” referring to the eastern portion of the Danish kingdom, now part of Sweden.
Composed around 1300, the medieval document’s use of traditional Scandinavian script reflects a tension between the West and the region’s indigenous culture.
Introduced in the 11th century, Christianity and its Latin script were seen as foreign and potentially threatening ideas.
Dating from around AD 160, the Vimose comb contains the oldest known runic inscription in the world.
It is likely the comb would have been carried in the purse on the outside belt.
Elder Futhark is named for the first six letters of its alphabet.
Younger Futhark gradually replaced the older system starting in the sixth century.
Knowledge of how to read the elder language was lost until 1865, when Sophus Bugge deciphered the ancient code.