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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.

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  • Museum number

    1863,0624.11

  • Description

    Bronze key; round bow in form of wheel with four spokes, knob in centre of each side; hollow square-sectioned stem with band wrapped around centre, decorated with cross-hatching; rectangular bit with two slots on one side and three on other; bow and bit engraved with rings and dots.

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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 12.8 centimetres
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1863

  • Acquisition notes

    Found 1863.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1863,0624.11

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