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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

 
Astronomical ring; outer ring: meridian ring; engraved arc suspended from small ring; latitude scale 0-90 degrees; second ring: pivoted at equatorial points of first ring, equinoctial when opened fully, engraved on inside with annual scale of dates and on outside with positions of first points of corresponding zodiac signs; third internal ring pivoted north and south poles of meridian ring, fitted with internal sliding ring, carrying pair of sights; inner surface of sliding ring marked with zodiac signs and twenty-five stars.

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1888,1201.316

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Astronomical ring; outer ring: meridian ring; engraved arc suspended from small ring; latitude scale 0-90 degrees; second ring: pivoted at equatorial points of first ring, equinoctial when opened fully, engraved on inside with annual scale of dates and on outside with positions of first points of corresponding zodiac signs; third internal ring pivoted north and south poles of meridian ring, fitted with internal sliding ring, carrying pair of sights; inner surface of sliding ring marked with zodiac signs and twenty-five stars.

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  • Astronomical ring; outer ring: meridian ring; engraved arc suspended from small ring; latitude scale 0-90 degrees; second ring: pivoted at equatorial points of first ring, equinoctial when opened fully, engraved on inside with annual scale of dates and on outside with positions of first points of corresponding zodiac signs; third internal ring pivoted north and south poles of meridian ring, fitted with internal sliding ring, carrying pair of sights; inner surface of sliding ring marked with zodiac signs and twenty-five stars.

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  • Astronomical ring; outer ring: meridian ring; engraved arc suspended from small ring; latitude scale 0-90 degrees; second ring: pivoted at equatorial points of first ring, equinoctial when opened fully, engraved on inside with annual scale of dates and on outside with positions of first points of corresponding zodiac signs; third internal ring pivoted north and south poles of meridian ring, fitted with internal sliding ring, carrying pair of sights; inner surface of sliding ring marked with zodiac signs and twenty-five stars.

    Side

  • Astronomical ring; outer ring: meridian ring; engraved arc suspended from small ring; latitude scale 0-90 degrees; second ring: pivoted at equatorial points of first ring, equinoctial when opened fully, engraved on inside with annual scale of dates and on outside with positions of first points of corresponding zodiac signs; third internal ring pivoted north and south poles of meridian ring, fitted with internal sliding ring, carrying pair of sights; inner surface of sliding ring marked with zodiac signs and twenty-five stars.

    Side

  • Astronomical ring; outer ring: meridian ring; engraved arc suspended from small ring; latitude scale 0-90 degrees; second ring: pivoted at equatorial points of first ring, equinoctial when opened fully, engraved on inside with annual scale of dates and on outside with positions of first points of corresponding zodiac signs; third internal ring pivoted north and south poles of meridian ring, fitted with internal sliding ring, carrying pair of sights; inner surface of sliding ring marked with zodiac signs and twenty-five stars.

    Side

  • Astronomical ring; outer ring: meridian ring; engraved arc suspended from small ring; latitude scale 0-90 degrees; second ring: pivoted at equatorial points of first ring, equinoctial when opened fully, engraved on inside with annual scale of dates and on outside with positions of first points of corresponding zodiac signs; third internal ring pivoted north and south poles of meridian ring, fitted with internal sliding ring, carrying pair of sights; inner surface of sliding ring marked with zodiac signs and twenty-five stars.

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  • Astronomical ring; outer ring: meridian ring; engraved arc suspended from small ring; latitude scale 0-90 degrees; second ring: pivoted at equatorial points of first ring, equinoctial when opened fully, engraved on inside with annual scale of dates and on outside with positions of first points of corresponding zodiac signs; third internal ring pivoted north and south poles of meridian ring, fitted with internal sliding ring, carrying pair of sights; inner surface of sliding ring marked with zodiac signs and twenty-five stars.

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  • Astronomical ring; outer ring: meridian ring; engraved arc suspended from small ring; latitude scale 0-90 degrees; second ring: pivoted at equatorial points of first ring, equinoctial when opened fully, engraved on inside with annual scale of dates and on outside with positions of first points of corresponding zodiac signs; third internal ring pivoted north and south poles of meridian ring, fitted with internal sliding ring, carrying pair of sights; inner surface of sliding ring marked with zodiac signs and twenty-five stars.

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  • Astronomical ring; outer ring: meridian ring; engraved arc suspended from small ring; latitude scale 0-90 degrees; second ring: pivoted at equatorial points of first ring, equinoctial when opened fully, engraved on inside with annual scale of dates and on outside with positions of first points of corresponding zodiac signs; third internal ring pivoted north and south poles of meridian ring, fitted with internal sliding ring, carrying pair of sights; inner surface of sliding ring marked with zodiac signs and twenty-five stars.

    Full: Front

  • Astronomical ring; outer ring: meridian ring; engraved arc suspended from small ring; latitude scale 0-90 degrees; second ring: pivoted at equatorial points of first ring, equinoctial when opened fully, engraved on inside with annual scale of dates and on outside with positions of first points of corresponding zodiac signs; third internal ring pivoted north and south poles of meridian ring, fitted with internal sliding ring, carrying pair of sights; inner surface of sliding ring marked with zodiac signs and twenty-five stars.

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  • Astronomical ring; outer ring: meridian ring; engraved arc suspended from small ring; latitude scale 0-90 degrees; second ring: pivoted at equatorial points of first ring, equinoctial when opened fully, engraved on inside with annual scale of dates and on outside with positions of first points of corresponding zodiac signs; third internal ring pivoted north and south poles of meridian ring, fitted with internal sliding ring, carrying pair of sights; inner surface of sliding ring marked with zodiac signs and twenty-five stars.

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