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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

 
Gilt copper alloy shield-mount in the form of a dragon, used in the reconstruction of shield 1939,1010.94. The upper parts of the dragon's head are decorated with punched triangles; it has stylised teeth and an inlaid garnet eye. The body, which curves away from the head at a right angle, is made up of four irregularly shaped panels: the two smaller panels are decorated with non-zoomorphic interlace in relief, and the two larger panels with cast zoomorphic interlace in relief. Each panel is cut away at the shoulders to receive the hip-joint of a pair of legs or wings. The top panel has small garnet decoration of six cells. The legs or wings have a garnet set at the centre of the joint, and the tapering limb is ridged.  There are plain gold rivets at the top of each limb. The panels decrease in size towards the bottom pair of limbs, which have only one joint with a cabochon garnet in centre, surrounded by a crossed gold strip. This pair and part of the pair above are made of plaster covered in gold leaf.

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1939,1010.94.B.1

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Gilt copper alloy shield-mount in the form of a dragon, used in the reconstruction of shield 1939,1010.94. The upper parts of the dragon's head are decorated with punched triangles; it has stylised teeth and an inlaid garnet eye. The body, which curves away from the head at a right angle, is made up of four irregularly shaped panels: the two smaller panels are decorated with non-zoomorphic interlace in relief, and the two larger panels with cast zoomorphic interlace in relief. Each panel is cut away at the shoulders to receive the hip-joint of a pair of legs or wings. The top panel has small garnet decoration of six cells. The legs or wings have a garnet set at the centre of the joint, and the tapering limb is ridged. There are plain gold rivets at the top of each limb. The panels decrease in size towards the bottom pair of limbs, which have only one joint with a cabochon garnet in centre, surrounded by a crossed gold strip. This pair and part of the pair above are made of plaster covered in gold leaf.

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  • Gilt copper alloy shield-mount in the form of a dragon, used in the reconstruction of shield 1939,1010.94. The upper parts of the dragon's head are decorated with punched triangles; it has stylised teeth and an inlaid garnet eye. The body, which curves away from the head at a right angle, is made up of four irregularly shaped panels: the two smaller panels are decorated with non-zoomorphic interlace in relief, and the two larger panels with cast zoomorphic interlace in relief. Each panel is cut away at the shoulders to receive the hip-joint of a pair of legs or wings. The top panel has small garnet decoration of six cells. The legs or wings have a garnet set at the centre of the joint, and the tapering limb is ridged.  There are plain gold rivets at the top of each limb. The panels decrease in size towards the bottom pair of limbs, which have only one joint with a cabochon garnet in centre, surrounded by a crossed gold strip. This pair and part of the pair above are made of plaster covered in gold leaf.

    Full: Front

  • Gilt copper alloy shield-mount in the form of a dragon, used in the reconstruction of shield 1939,1010.94. The upper parts of the dragon's head are decorated with punched triangles; it has stylised teeth and an inlaid garnet eye. The body, which curves away from the head at a right angle, is made up of four irregularly shaped panels: the two smaller panels are decorated with non-zoomorphic interlace in relief, and the two larger panels with cast zoomorphic interlace in relief. Each panel is cut away at the shoulders to receive the hip-joint of a pair of legs or wings. The top panel has small garnet decoration of six cells. The legs or wings have a garnet set at the centre of the joint, and the tapering limb is ridged.  There are plain gold rivets at the top of each limb. The panels decrease in size towards the bottom pair of limbs, which have only one joint with a cabochon garnet in centre, surrounded by a crossed gold strip. This pair and part of the pair above are made of plaster covered in gold leaf.

    Full: Front

  • Gilt copper alloy shield-mount in the form of a dragon, used in the reconstruction of shield 1939,1010.94. The upper parts of the dragon's head are decorated with punched triangles; it has stylised teeth and an inlaid garnet eye. The body, which curves away from the head at a right angle, is made up of four irregularly shaped panels: the two smaller panels are decorated with non-zoomorphic interlace in relief, and the two larger panels with cast zoomorphic interlace in relief. Each panel is cut away at the shoulders to receive the hip-joint of a pair of legs or wings. The top panel has small garnet decoration of six cells. The legs or wings have a garnet set at the centre of the joint, and the tapering limb is ridged.  There are plain gold rivets at the top of each limb. The panels decrease in size towards the bottom pair of limbs, which have only one joint with a cabochon garnet in centre, surrounded by a crossed gold strip. This pair and part of the pair above are made of plaster covered in gold leaf.

    Full: Front