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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
12 June 1991

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal
Clean to remove tarnish - use of metal polish may be neccessary.

Surface dirt. Slight tarnish. Req no 43604

Treatment details
Washed in Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) applied on swabs. Gently polished using Goddards long term silver cloth.