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    Scientists Find Runes on Ancient Comb

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    Archaeologists have found the oldest engravings of letters ever to be discovered in central Germany, officials from the area announced on Thursday.

    The ancient letters, called runes, were scratched onto a 12.5 centimetre-long comb by Germanic settlers in the second century, scientists working on the site in Saxony-Anhalt believe.

    The letters spell out “Kama”, meaning comb, the president of the state Heritage and Archaeology Management Office, Sven Ostritz, said on Thursday.

    It is the oldest ever example of runic writing to be found in that part of the country, he added.

    Germanic languages used the runic alphabet to write before the Latin alphabet became widespread. The earliest runic engravings have been dated back to 150AD.

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    And I have to ask how common it was to engrave what an object is on the object? It comes across like they are not telling what the complete inscription says.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GroeneWolf View Post
    And I have to ask how common it was to engrave what an object is on the object?
    I found this purely utilitarian approach surprising. I was expecting a more sacred treatment of writing during that time.
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    Yeah, one would think so, btw, the article claims it reads "kama", which it doesnt, another article I found claims it is "kaba", here's the image showing the inscription:


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    You're right. The third letter is clearly the rune for 'B'. I cannot see the first rune very well though.
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    I think the third letter (though the first one I have a hard time making out as a letter, or rune if you will) looks like an R, as it doesn't seem to connect at the bottom the way a B would.

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    Needed to restart my pc, however, imho it's also not a "B" but an "R", and the first is a back-falling "I"(?), the "k" would look like this: "<", and the second stroke simply isnt there, so I really dont know where they took the "k" interpretation from.

    So it's not kaba or kama, but Iara, which could well be a name, and there have been some objects found with a name on them, so that would make much more sense.

    But most interesting is the usage of the Elder Futhark as such at that time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stygian Cellarius View Post
    I found this purely utilitarian approach surprising. I was expecting a more sacred treatment of writing during that time.
    Most of the surviving runic inscriptions does indeed have a very utilitarian purpose. Most of them consists of short messages about the inscriber's name, his or her title, and often another person the inscription was made in honour or remembrance of. There are also many runic inscriptions that simply states the owner of the item, like this one.
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    Here is a report about it in German language. The second picture is a close up of the inscriptions. The first letter is indeed a "K", but the < is the other way round. The third letter looks like "B" in this pic.

    http://www.archaeologie-online.de/ma...chlands-21205/


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    Quote Originally Posted by Germaid View Post
    Here is a report about it in German language. The second picture is a close up of the inscriptions. The first letter is indeed a "K", but the < is the other way round. The third letter looks like "B" in this pic.

    http://www.archaeologie-online.de/ma...chlands-21205/
    That pictures gives a completely different impression of the runes, the missing leg of the K in velvet's picture shows up as a barely distinguishable grey line now that I look at it again and "know" that something should be there. Strange.

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    ^^ I still cant see anything in the other pic, but you're right, it makes a completely different impression. Hmm...

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