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Die Runeninschrift auf dem Rinderknochen von Břeclav, Flur Lány (Südmähren, Tschechische Republik)

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Title in English The runic inscription on bovine rib from Břeclav - Lány (South Moravia, Czech Republic)


Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source NOWELE. North-western European language evolution
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Faculty of Arts

Web John Benjamins
Keywords runes; Germanic people; Slavs; Moravia
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Description During recent excavations at Břeclav-Lány (southern Moravia, Czech Republic), archaeologists have found a fragmented bovine rib with runes. The rib was unearthed in an early Slavic pit-house and is radiocarbon-dated to ca. 600. The inscription begins at the break line and reads xbemdo (probably tbemdo), representing six of the last eight runes of the older futark – it seems that the lost piece of the rib exhibited the preceding part of the rune row. There is reason to believe that the carver was a Langobard who did not join the migration into northern Italy in 568 (or, alternatively, a Slav who learned and used the Germanic script?)
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