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Ogham Stones

Pronounced o'am or a'um. Ancient Celtic and Scandic (runic) writing on stone using vertical or diagonal hash marks along a horizontal line, used as grave markers and landmarks across Europe and the North American continent.


Ogham Stones

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This stone is perhaps the oldest Viking rune stone found in Södermanland. The vertical rune lines and the lack of ornamentation tells that this is an early inscription. The stone is from the second half of the 900s. The rune stone was actually found inside a burial mound in 1856. It has probably been placed on the top of the grave in the beginning, but over the passing 800 years since it was raised, it seems to slowly have been sunken into the ground and hidden by the growing grass.

Ogham (pronounced ‘oh-am’) is a primitive alphabet, sometimes called the Celtic Tree Alphabet, which takes the form of linear strokes cut into stone or etched onto wood. It is found extensively in Ireland but also in Scotland, Wales, England and the Isle of Man. The characters of the Ogham alphabet each comprise between one and five perpendicular or angled strokes arranged around a central line.

The Newton Stone - is an ancient pillar stone, found in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The stone contains two inscriptions, one identified as Ogham, but the second script has never been positively identified and many different decipherments or theories have been proposed since the 1850's.

(Circa 75,000 BCE – 73,000 BCE) Pieces of ochre rock decorated with geometric patterns found at Blombos Cave in South Africa, nearly 200 miles from Cape Town, in 2002, have been dated to the Middle Stone Age, equivalent to the European Middle Paleolithic. Early Attempt to Record Information or Early Art?

Ogham stone at Kilmalkedar Church, Dingle, Ireland

Ogham stone, Utah

Ogham stone, Utah

Ogham, Utah

Ogham stone, Utah

St. Kew, Cornwall, ogham stone

Ogham stone

Gaelic ogham stone

Ogham grave marker for Mac Ui Riaghan

Ancient written language

Ancient written language

Ancient written language

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Irish Ogham stone Ancient written language

Ancient written language

Ancient written language

Ancient written language