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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.

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Treatment date
30 September 2011

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal
Check surface of bowl and fish mount.
Ensure hanging elements are secure, renew as necessary
Assess fish element with a view to setting into base of bowl for dispaly with reversible mounting

The bowl is generally in a good condition although there is one section of old restoration that has failed causing a slight potential weakness to the bowl.

Treatment details
Repaired the small section of failed restoration. Used HMG Paraloid B72 (methyl ethyl methacrlylate) applied to the area. Held in place with Berner clamps while setting.