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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
28 April 1998

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal
Replace missing rivets. Remove and replace fittings for examination by .Bimson.

Condition
Loose electroform escutcheons on rim. Dragon head broken above jaws. Bird head has broken beak held on only by fibreglass backing. Head of rear grip broken. Leather handhold at rear broken off above strap end (metal).

The leather covering of the shield had been marked in transit from Medieval Dept. A few spots of rain had fallen on it and these marks were still there after a week. (IMcI)

Treatment details
Loose rim escutcheons were re-rivetted. Broken dragon head stuck with Loctite Super Glue 3, cyanoacrylate. Bird head secured by running Loctite Super Glue 3 into the crack and crack then held closed. Broken head of rear grip stuck with Loctite Super Glue 3. On leather handhold at rear, old adhesive dissolved in acetone and fibreglass repair removed, then original net backing removed and repositioned to hold strap end in place. Stuck with HMG cellulose nitrate adhesive.

IN THE RECORD ENVELOPE ARE:

Detailed notes by Sandy Davison on the gold foils and fittings,
and
Old treatment cards for work done by:
Sandy Davison (1972 [BTA'd rim frag] &1976),
Nigel Williams (re-reconstruction, 1971-72),
E.M.Pye (investigation garnet-inlaid disc on boss, 1972)
H.J.Plenderleith (examination of construction,1945)
H.V.Batten (gold foil panel and reconstruction/mounting of garnet-inlaid disc on boss,1945?)