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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
25 October 2010

Treatment proposal
Flake-lay, light clean, minor reshape.

Condition
Paint surface is sound except for minor lifting flakes of paint. Saturated appereance to paint and shiny exposed basketry.
Coated with dust.

Treatment details
Paint consolidated with Primal B60A (50% (w/v) in distilled water, applied with small brush beneath fragment, area wet with WS first. Fragment tapped down with cotton swab covered with PTFE tape, heated spatula was used (set at 40 C) to attatch 3 lifting flakes, heat applied through lens tissue.
Surface cleaned with soft brush and low power vacuum cleaner.
The rim of the basket was supported with a ring of Rigiline (100% polyester) boning, padded with cotton tape and polyester wadding.
The object was provided with a soft support made of cotton calico and silk Habutai and padded with polyester wadding and polyfelt.