The Björketorp Monument
The impressive Björketorp monument, which has traditionally also been known as the Galta monument, still stands, where it apparently was originally erected. It is located in the middle of the province Blekinge, and nowadays it marks the border between the three modern villages Listerby, Björketorp and Leråkra. According to an old legend anyone who tries to destroy the monument will be punished by death. A man once piled wood up against the stones and ignited a fire in order to destroy the monument. The fire however turned away from the stones and chased the man who was killed in the flames.
The monument has a total of 210 runes in its runic inscription. Furthermore there are also several Minoan Linear A signs and hieroglyphs inscribed on it.
The Aramaic Runes of the Stentoften Stone
The Stentoften stone, which today is located in the Church of St. Nicolai in Sölvesborg, has an Old Futhark inscription, containing 144 runes. The stone was moved to the church in 1864 in an effort to neutralize its alleged magical powers. After its rediscovery in the outskirts of Sölvesborg in 1823 the Stentoften inscription remained an enigma to all serious researchers until 1997-1998, when it was first deciphered by the author of this web site.
The Tjurkö Bracteates
In February, 1817 at least three golden bracteates or one-sided coins and a Byzantine (East Roman) coin were found on the island of Tjurkö in the archipelago outside Karlskrona. The name Tjurkö very likely means "crane island", and Tjurkö is located just next to Sturkö, which means "stork island".
The most interesting of the Tjurkö bracteates is an item (Tjurkö Bracteate I) currently on display in the "Gold Room" of Statens Historiska Museum in Stockholm. Tjurkö Bracteate I has a runic inscription with 37 clear and unambiguous runes, written from right to left, as is the practice in many Semitic scripts.