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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

 
Wood & gold leaf, tiny fragments from body of shield no.94, including 2 pieces which bear decoration impressions from gold foil. Triangular section wooden peg/thorn that may have been connected with the triangular holes found through the leather fragments. Image width 9mm

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1939,1010.94.J.3

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Wood & gold leaf, tiny fragments from body of shield no.94, including 2 pieces which bear decoration impressions from gold foil. Triangular section wooden peg/thorn that may have been connected with the triangular holes found through the leather fragments. Image width 9mm

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  • Wood & gold leaf, tiny fragments from body of shield no.94, including 2 pieces which bear decoration impressions from gold foil. Triangular section wooden peg/thorn that may have been connected with the triangular holes found through the leather fragments. Image width 9mm

    Detail: Other

  • Wood & gold leaf, tiny fragments from body of shield no.94, including 2 pieces which bear decoration impressions from gold foil. Triangular section wooden peg/thorn that may have been connected with the triangular holes found through the leather fragments. Cross-section view (fragment glued to glassfibre sheet). Image width 9mm

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