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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
21 January 2002

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal
Re-attach handle and clean.

2002; Req Adhesive on one handle breaking down, cotton wool pad shredding.

Treatment details
2002; Handle removed by soaking pad with acetone. Old cotton wool pads on handle leaf attachments removed by soaking in acetone and removed by scalpel. Remains of cotton wool and adhesive on bowl removed with acetone and scalpel. Cotton wool soaked in 50% HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate) applied to old solder in handle leaf attachments. When cured the handles were attached to the bowl using HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate) and held in place by wooden pegs until set.