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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

 
Registration slip description: Large oval wood shield, slightly convex in front and painted with broad red bars, with white spots on a black ground, the back is concave with a handle cut out of the wood, at each end of the back is delineated a hand with the fingers pointing to the end on each side the handle is daubed with white pigment.

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Oc.1808

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Registration slip description: Large oval wood shield, slightly convex in front and painted with broad red bars, with white spots on a black ground, the back is concave with a handle cut out of the wood, at each end of the back is delineated a hand with the fingers pointing to the end on each side the handle is daubed with white pigment.

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  • Registration slip description: Large oval wood shield, slightly convex in front and painted with broad red bars, with white spots on a black ground, the back is concave with a handle cut out of the wood, at each end of the back is delineated a hand with the fingers pointing to the end on each side the handle is daubed with white pigment.

    Full: Front

  • Registration slip description: Large oval wood shield, slightly convex in front and painted with broad red bars, with white spots on a black ground, the back is concave with a handle cut out of the wood, at each end of the back is delineated a hand with the fingers pointing to the end on each side the handle is daubed with white pigment.

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  • Registration slip description: Large oval wood shield, slightly convex in front and painted with broad red bars, with white spots on a black ground, the back is concave with a handle cut out of the wood, at each end of the back is delineated a hand with the fingers pointing to the end on each side the handle is daubed with white pigment.

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  • Registration slip description: Large oval wood shield, slightly convex in front and painted with broad red bars, with white spots on a black ground, the back is concave with a handle cut out of the wood, at each end of the back is delineated a hand with the fingers pointing to the end on each side the handle is daubed with white pigment.

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  • Registration slip description: Large oval wood shield, slightly convex in front and painted with broad red bars, with white spots on a black ground, the back is concave with a handle cut out of the wood, at each end of the back is delineated a hand with the fingers pointing to the end on each side the handle is daubed with white pigment.

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  • Registration slip description: Large oval wood shield, slightly convex in front and painted with broad red bars, with white spots on a black ground, the back is concave with a handle cut out of the wood, at each end of the back is delineated a hand with the fingers pointing to the end on each side the handle is daubed with white pigment.

    Full: Front

  • Registration slip description: Large oval wood shield, slightly convex in front and painted with broad red bars, with white spots on a black ground, the back is concave with a handle cut out of the wood, at each end of the back is delineated a hand with the fingers pointing to the end on each side the handle is daubed with white pigment.

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