posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 09:20 AM
reply to post by nenothtu
Looks to me that sometimes in the past people have carved out a "binde-rune" consisting of the two different runes from the Norwegian Younger
Futhark (rune-"alfabet"). And being in West Virginia it's within the area we know Norwegian travellers very well may have reached in their travels
to Vinland/North America about a millennium ago. But I have never seen anything like this from the "Viking era", but it's quite curious, since it
seems to resemble a "binde-rune" made up from the rune Ás (facing leftward), which means god and is linked to Odin and the other (facing right) is
a Kaun, which means torch and is linked to Heimdall, Frøya, Frøy and Mime. Since it is enclosed in a circle, and containing two letters linked
directly to Odin, and how he sacrificed one of his eyes in order to drink from the well of Wisdom guarded by Mime, my guess is that we have to do with
a binde-rune shaped like the Eye of Odin.
Such binde-runes were used for magic purposes, like spells, blessings or curses, for protection among other things, or simply as personal or group
signatures used to mark ownership of territory or weapon or similar, most like today's corporate logos.
But I do think it looks a bit too modern, and I have never seen anything like it before. The vikings taught Indians how to extract iron from the
ground and how to blacksmith and smelt iron. Until the Vikings came to Northern America in the tenth century the indigenous people used cold-hammered
copper for axes, knives and such. And copper being quite soft a metal, I find it hard to believe it can have been made before the Vikings came around
up there, you'd probably need iron or steel to carve symbols into rocks like that, but for all I know the rok is sandstone and it may be native, or
like I pointed out, that it is of more modern origin. You should present your pictures to some archaeologists, so it can be dated and interpreted by
someone better suited than myself. But great find indeed. With your permission I'd be glad to present the photo from the OP to a Norwegian
archaeologist I know. He'd love it, I'm sure...
[edit on 3/4/2010 by Neo Christian Mystic]