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Found: A Runic Inscription on a Viking Whetstone

Runic alphabets, a system of phonetic symbols used by Germanic peoples from about the first century through the medieval period, have been deciphered but remain a mystery for linguists. We know that they developed out of one of the Old Italic languages, such as Raetic, Venetic, Etruscan, or Old Latin, all of which share the same angular letters typical of runes. But many of the Old Italic alphabets were used in Italy, and it's unknown how they were transmitted to Denmark and northern Germany, where the first runic-inscribed objects were found.
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