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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
31 August 1991

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal
Clean to remove water marks on front.

Leak in showcase had caused water spots on surface. Req no 44929

Treatment details
Washed in tap water, with Synperonic N (non ionic detergent,nonylphenol ethylene oxide condensate). Dried with paper tissue. Wiped over with anti-static cloth.