Rune stones are a type of ancient artifact that bear inscriptions in runic script, which was used by various Germanic peoples in Europe from around the 2nd century until the Middle Ages. The most defining characteristic of rune stones is the runic inscriptions carved or etched onto their surfaces. The runic script, known as the runic alphabet or Futhark, consists of a set of angular characters. Each rune symbol represents a specific sound and has symbolic and sometimes mystical significance.
Today, rune stones are of significant historical and cultural interest, drawing the attention of scholars, tourists, and enthusiasts interested in the history of the Germanic peoples and the evolution of the runic script. They continue to serve as a tangible link to ancient European history.