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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Jewellery and amulets


© Photographic imagery courtesy of SGI

Chest showing pectoral and amulets

Heart scarab amulet

Heart scarab amulet

Faience wedjat eye (EA 26300)

Faience wedjat eye (EA 26300)

Hands wearing rings

Hands wearing rings


Nesperennub wears a large ornament on his chest (known as a pectoral) in the shape of two outstretched wings. Close to his right collar bone is a stone scarab beetle called a 'heart scarab'. A group of amulets has been placed on his throat, including a wedjat eye. These and other amulets on his body are meant to protect him and give him power in the afterlife.

He has two leather pendants around his neck, and red leather tabs on his chest and neck. He also wears rings on the fingers of each hand, probably of gold. These may carry special markings to help him in the afterlife.