Oldest German runes found on comb

A second century comb, discovered several years ago in central Germany, may lead to the understanding of early Germanic languages. The carved antler comb bears the oldest engraved runes known in the area. (photo)

The 12.5 centimetre-long comb is inscribed with runes spelling out “Kama,” or comb. Pieces of the comb were found at a site in Saxony-Anhaltand have been reassembled for study.