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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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  • Description

    Stone strike-a-light: whitish oval block with two flat faces; rectangular section with high vertical edge.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2ndC-8thC
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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 6.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Comment from Kidd, Haith & Ager 'Summary Catalogue' (draft MS)

    MS label:
    Jellentofte Jönköping Lehn i en Jern urne med 2 Jernspyd

    MS labels:
    St.86 Sweden 86; CM A.III. 1 S. 86; 28; 5/32 165

    MS (directly on object):
    A.III.1; and indecipherable; (Jx)/9; 165

    Bequeathed by/ex collection:
    Henry Christy, no. 60, through Christy Trustees (Steinhauer no. 86)

    CHRISTY COLL. 1862. Catalogue of a Collection of Ancient and Modern Stone Implements...in the Possession of Henry Christy. London, p. 8 section AIII no. 1


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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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  • Additional IDs

    • Sw.86

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