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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 March 1998

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal
. . Clean to remove tarnish. Relacquer if necessary. Discuss tarnishing problem with Conservation research.

Dirty surface.

Treatment details
Cleaned using Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied on kleenex tissue or on cotton wool swabs. Cleaned using acetone applied on cotton wool swabs.