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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
5 April 2002

Reason for treatment

Treatment proposal
Light clean. Remove excess adhesive from surface..

The figurine was dusty, and there was excess adhesive on one hand.The ingrained dirt on much of the surface appeared patchy.

Treatment details
The excess adhesive was removed with swabs of acetone. the surface dust and patchy appearance of the figure was improved by clening lightly with swabs of 75:25 reverse osmosis water and IMS.