Med 39 Runestone from Court of Ash Trees (Corte do Freixo)

Stela de Corte do Freixo, Almodóvar, 154x62 cm. Now at the Museum of Writing of the Southwest, Almodôvar, Portugal.Photo by Angel M. Felicisimo at:

Runestone From The Court of Ash Trees (Corte do Freixo), Almodóvar, Portugal

(September 4, 2023) This half stele was found on a plot of land (court) originally named for a clump of ash trees which grew there.  "Freixo means "ash." Almodovar is in the district of Beja. The following is a quote from a Portuguese paper (Paco and all, 1965) describing its discovery (translated by google translate):

In the first days of May 1964, presumably on the 4th, Mr. Manuel Felisberto Guerreiro, resident in Monte Novo, in Santana da Serra, municipality of Ourique, carried out agricultural work with a tractor on his property called Corte do Freixo, located in the parish of Gomes Aires, municipality of Almodóvar, in the middle of the Serra do Caldeirão, on the banks of the Freixo stream, which runs to Odelouca's. At a certain point the machine began to pluck from depths ranging from 30 to 40 centimeters, a group of schist stones of appreciable volume, among which one containing "certain letters", which curiously, was removed from among the others and carefully collected

Translation of Text in Akkadian (Med Text 39)

(read left to right. Capital letters on object. Small letters are inferred Inner vowels. Vowels are italic bold) 
  1. ....  Wu  U  Lu  Qu  MaNu  Ru.  Ru  Pu  Du.  Za'u  Qu  ṢiNu 
  2. (upside down)  ...  A  Lu  UDu
(Dual use letters are E/H, I/Y, U/W, and '/A in which vowel appears at beginning of words except for Yahu which is keeping its traditional Hebrew transliteration)

In English

  1. ... are being crimped and the lack of life-threads is being supported by eagle-vultures. Eagle-vultures can open life-manifestations. Baking life-threads is a sin.
  2. (upside down) ... that lack is from magic-crafting


Paço, A.; Nunes Ribeiro, F.; Franco, G.L. (1965) Inscriçao ibérica da Corte do Freixo (Almodóvar). Zephyrus 16, 99–107. Online at: