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Hauke Haien
Thursday, December 10th, 2009, 11:12 PM
The Scandinavian Runic-text Data Base (Swedish: Samnordisk runtextdatabas) is a project started on January 1, 1993 at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden. The project's goal is to comprehensively catalog runic inscriptions in a machine-readable way for future research. In the current edition, published December 3, 2008, there are over 6500 inscriptions in the database.

Each entry includes the original text, its format, location, English and Swedish translations, information about the stone itself, et cetera. The stones are identified with a code which consists of up to three parts.

The first part describes the origin of the inscription. For Swedish inscriptions this contains a code for the province, and otherwise a code for the country (not ISO 3166).

Province code:
Bo - Bohuslän
D - Dalarna
G - Gotland
Gs - Gästrikland
Hs - Hälsingland
J - Jämtland
Lp - Lappland
M - Medelpad
Nä - Närke
Sm - Småland
Sö - Södermanland
U - Uppland
Vg - Västergötland
Vr - Värmland
Vs - Västmanland
Ög - Östergötland
Öl - Öland

Country code:
BR - British Islands
DR - Denmark (includes Skåne, Halland, Blekinge, and Southern Schleswig). Stone numbers taken from Jacobsen & Moltke Danmarks Runeindskrifter (1941-1942)
FR - Faroe Islands
GR - Greenland
IR - Ireland
IS - Iceland
N - Norway
X - Other areas

The second part of the code consists of a serial number or a previous method of cataloging.

The third part of the code is a character which indicates the age (Proto-Norse, Viking Age, or Middle Ages) and whether the inscription is lost or retranslated.
# - inscription lost, later replaced with †
$ - newly retranslated
M - inscription from the Middle Ages
U - inscription in Proto-Norse, i.e. before ca 800.
[inscription from the Viking Age, if M or U are not present]

As such, U 88 would mean that the stone is from Uppland and that it is the 88th to be catalogued. This system has its origin in the book Sveriges runinskrifter.


Example: http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/4262/20091210231155.png

Site: Rundata (http://www.nordiska.uu.se/forskn/samnord.htm)

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rundata