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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
10 July 2002

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal
Clean to remove surface dirt, grease and tarnish.

Condition
Tarnished.Dusty.

Treatment details
All cups cleaned in the same way except for cup C which is just wood. This was dusted with a blower brush inside and out. The remaining cup rims were cleaned with Silvo (cotton wadding, white spirit, Newburgh chalk, china clay) and degreased with acetone.