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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
25 February 2002

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal
Light surface clean.

February 2002 Req.No:77315 Dirty and dusty. Two garnets are missing. The central rectangular section has many broken, chipped and cracked garnets. Some are sunken in their settings. The gold has been scratched by previous numbering. CRB

Treatment details
February 2002 Cleaned using acetone applied on cotton wool swabs. Renumbered. CRB