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N Tyneside

Cullercoats, runic forgery



Religious Ritual and Funerary

Inscribed Stone



In 1967 a sandstone boulder carrying a runic inscription was seen close to the cliff face and just north of a sewer outlet at the Cullercoats end of Tynemouth Long Sands. It was possible to examine it in 1968, and the translated Scandinavian inscription read '(personal name ending in "-rik"?) raised (the) stone(s) good luck Alawin'. It was concluded to be a forgery, both on linguistic grounds, and because the boulder was weathered but the inscription was not, in spite of its lying below the normal high tide mark. The stone subsequently disappeared.




<< HER 727 >> P.J. Frankis & R.N. Bailey, 1969, A Runic Forgery from Cullercoats Archaeologia Aeliana, 4, XLVII, 43-46; John Frankis and Richard Bailey, 1968, A Runic Stone from Cullercoats, Northumberland in Archaeological Newsbulletin for Northumberland Cumberland and Westmorland, No. 2, May 1968, pp 3-5

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