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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
25 February 2002

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal
Light surface clean

February 2002 Req.No:77314 Dirty and dusty. CRB

Treatment details
February 2002 Cleaned with acetone applied on cotton wool swabs. Checked the perspex mount. The glue joins appear to be secure. However, the mount is made of several component parts which fit together without glue. They fit well but because there is no stop at the top end there is some possibility of the mount working loose in transit. Secured the top end with magic tape for the purpose of transport for loan only. To be removed before display. CRB