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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
30 August 2012

Reason for treatment

Treatment proposal
Remove from fabric mount. Remove adhesive residues. Apply big number if neccessary.

Amulet was pinned to a fabric mount and old adhesive residues were located on the reverse. The surface was also quite grubby.

Treatment details
The amulet was removed from the mount by prising back the pins using a scalpel under magnification. The surface was cleaned with swabs of 70:30 IMS to distilled water swabs and this also softened the adhesive on the reverse. This was then mechanically removed under magnification using a scalpel.