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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
2 December 2005

Reason for treatment

Treatment proposal
Repair, consolidate and re-pack as necessary.

Multiple fragments in unsuitable packing.

One of the nylon threads used to hang the bowl was not secure.

Treatment details
Packed object with a plastazote lining within a crystal box. The box was labelled with the registration number on the lid and on a tyvek label inserted under the packing.

The nylon line was re-tied and the knots adhered using HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate) for extra strength.