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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



Treatment date
6 July 2012

Reason for treatment

Treatment proposal
Fix previous repair that failed during transport for the loan Pharaoh King of Egypt to the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.
Treatment carried out at the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.

A previous repair on the proper left leg failed during transport for loan.

Treatment details
The areas of break were cleaned under the microscope with a fine sable brush slightly moistened in acetone to remove the previous adhesive and minute fragments of ivory, adhered to the surface but not belonging to it.
The areas were afterwards consolidated with Paraloid B72 (methyl ethyl methacrlylate) applied at 5 %w/v in acetone with a fine brush, and then adhered with the same resin at 25%w/v in acetone, also applied with a fine brush.