Sweden, Norway team up to preserve ancient rock carvings

A runestone in Sweden. Sweden and Norway are teaming up to preserve thousand-year-old carvings such as this runestone. (Klaus Fuisting/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)
Sweden and Norway are working together to better preserve thousand-year-old rock carvings, like the ones found on runestones.

Freezing water in the winter, lichens, algae and moss, and tree roots are the main sources of erosions and damage.

The project, called Samhell, has kicked off this month and will be partly funded by the EU. The total cost of the project is expected to cost 8 million SEK.

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Frida Grönholm, Radio Sweden

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