The Vikings erected a runestone out of fear of climate catastrophe

Source: Science Daily

Several passages on the Rök stone — the world’s most famous Viking Age runic monument — suggest that the inscription is about battles and for over a hundred years, researchers have been trying to connect the inscription with heroic deeds in war. Now, thanks to an interdisciplinary research project, a new interpretation of the inscription is being presented. The study shows that the inscription deals with an entirely different kind of battle: the conflict between light and darkness, warmth and cold, life and death.