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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 November 1980

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal
Clean. Req no 10285

Dirt in incised pattern. remains of tarnish etc. REQ NO 10285

Treatment details
Wiped with acetone on cotton wool swabs. Removed with 30% formic acid applied on swabs.