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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
7 September 1993

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal
Remove light tarnish

1993, Req 52999 Dusty and lightly tarnished.

Treatment details
1993, req 52999; Cleaned in the Gallery; Dry brushed to remove dust. Polished using Goddards long term silver cloth.