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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
9 November 2005

Reason for treatment

Treatment proposal
Clean, consolidate, repair and repack as necessary

Fragments of wood in a delicate condition packed loose on cotton wadding in glass-top box.

Treatment details
Repacked in large boxes lined with polyethlene foam and jiffy-foam . Different types of organic remains separated out.Textile sorted and oak wood from chamber separated from vessel wood. Traces of feathers found in associaition with wood. Everything described as maplewood cups.