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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
27 June 1994

Reason for treatment

Treatment proposal
Clean; secure scalp of small figure

Requires cleaning; scalp of small figure insecure

Treatment details
Ivory cleaned with 0.5% Synperonic N (non ionic detergent, nonylphenol ethylene oxide condensate) in distilled water on cotton wool swabs. A minimum of solution used. Cracks reinforced with 6% Mowilith 50 (polyvinyl acetate) in Acetone, applied with a fine sable brush. IMS utilised as a wetting agent. Insecure scalp on smaller figure relayed with HMG (cellulose nitrate) adhesive.