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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
24 March 1983

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal
Clean and stick

March 1983 Req.No: 19054 Dirty with some corrosion in the detail. The pommel is loose from the plate. HMN

Treatment details
March 1983 Wiped with acetone on cotton wool swabs. Removed the corrossion with a pin vice. Wiped the gold triangular mounts with 30% formic acid on cotton wool swabs. Stuck the pommel to the plate with HMG (Nitrocellulose). HMN