Maeshowe’s runes featured in April’s UHI Archaeology Institute online seminar, which saw Dr Karen Langsholt Holmqvist present her research on medieval runic graffiti.
Please note that due to the nature of a few Maeshowe inscriptions some explicit language is used in this seminar.
The 5,000-year-old Neolithic chambered cairn, in Stenness, Orkney, is renowned for containing one of the largest collections of Viking runes in Europe.
These runic inscriptions offer a unique insight into the medieval world with the carvers positioning themselves, through their runes, in the social landscape.
The carvers explore various expressions of self, ranging from sexual selves to literate, adventurous, and religious selves.