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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
26 May 1988

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal
Clean to remove tarnish, part of trials with ZnO.

Slightly tarnished, old lacquer. Req no 35437

Treatment details
Washed in acetone applied on swabs. Gently polished using cotton wool. Washed in 2% Synperonic N (non ionic detergent,nonylphenol ethylene oxide condensate). washed in warm water. Dried using paper tissue.