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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

 

Conservation

Treatment date
1 June 1997

Reason for treatment
Storage

Treatment proposal
Readhere loose paint flakes and plaster fragments L

Condition
Very fragile painting with paint-flakes detached from substrate in many areas. Fragments of intonaco detached from arricio along cracks and around edges. Previous consolidation has caused darkening where applied, and also worsened cupping of paint flakes where the treatment has failed. Material (synthetic polymer) used to fill cracks in previous treatment, has been smeared over the paint surface and has removed some pigment.

Treatment details
Areas of detached intonaco were re-secured after pre-consolidation using 1% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol)/Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) with 10% Vinamul 3252 (vinyl acetate,ethylene copolymer). White spirit was first applied to the area to avoid staining and allow greater penetration of the adhesive (Microballoons (silica or phenolic resin) in 20% Paraloid B72 IMS/acetone was used as a mortar in one case to provide support). Paint flakes were generally readhered using a 5% solution of Vinamul 3252 in the same way, and pressed back through tissue. Pre-consolidation was used generally only for areas of paint surface that contained blue frit pigment.