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Carol, sorry for the vagueness. Over the years, I've come to the conclusion that local history is mostly interesting to the locals only, lol, but I'd be more than happy to be more specific.Hi Nick - it's been a month or so but you still haven't told us where this is! Please tell more - it's fascinating. Or - if you don't - very frustrating!
To be exact, there are three stones in close proximity of each other in "my" area. Two of them were discovered way back in the 1600s, while the third one (my favourite) was discovered as late as 1972. It was found randomly when they decided to build a number of modern 7-floor apartments in what was basically a forested farm area.
These carved stones, called runestones, were a type of memorial "monoliths" that often were meant to honour someone who had recently passed away. They date back to the Viking Age in the 1000s; the Viking culture and history has always been ingrained in the identity of the region. I remember hearing in school that the ocean actually was much closer to my area than it is now, and that they would go on trips to Russia and the Caspian Sea among other places.
It would be cool to actually descend from the Vikings, but my own family tree doesn't trace back beyond the 18th century so it's impossible to know for sure.
Here is more information about my beloved runestones (Wikipedia makes it really convenient for me, as the article is packed with information and includes pictures). What I like the most is that they aren't gathering dust in any museums. They are just "one with the nature" like any other tree, bush, rock or grass.