Kleines Schulerloch inscription

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The runic inscription found in the Kleines Schulerloch cave, Altmühltal, near Essing, Bavaria, was discovered in 1937. It reads

birg : leub : selbrade,

probably meaning "Birg, beloved of Selbrad", next to a drawing of an ibex or stag scratched into the stone (which is, however, of Pleistocene age, far older than the inscription). From the 1950s on, the inscription has been considered a hoax by many scholars. However, the discovery of a parallel inscription in grave 172 of the "Unterer Stollen" cemetery in Bad Krozingen in 2001, reading

boba : leub | agirike

revived discussions regarding the authenticity of the Kleines Schulerloch inscription. Nevertheless, in 2003, Looijenga concluded that the inscription is an obvious falsification.[1] In 2012, Findell, while accepting the Bad Krozingen inscription as genuine, still considered the Kleines Schulerloch inscription to be suspect.[2]



  1. ^ Looijenga, Tineke (2003). Texts and Contexts of the Oldest Runic Inscriptions. Leiden: BRILL. p. 223. ISBN 90-04-12396-2. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Findell, Martin (2012). Phonological Evidence from the Continental Runic Inscriptions. Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter. p. 68. ISBN 978-3-11-028925-1. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 

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Coordinates: 48°55′40″N 11°49′01″E / 48.92778°N 11.81694°E / 48.92778; 11.81694