King’s College 2004
Mistress Gunnvör sílfrahárr
Rundata and the inscription codes
Rundata is a huge database of runic inscriptions, in Swedish, containing
many names in their original spellings.
Each inscription has a scholarly code, or
composed of letters
representing the inscription’s find location and a number.
Caveats - problems in interpretation
Lack of a coherent standard orthography.
Imperfect preservation such as missing pieces or defacement.
Transliterations from runes don't necessarily reflect the spoken language at
Caveats - problems in dating
No carbon dating possible.
Letter forms and linguistic clues one source of dating.
Associated archaeological finds may help in dating.