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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
23 July 2002

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal
Clean to remove surface dirt, grease or tarnish.

None given. Card has old number 1939, 1010.4b (now 4 and 4a) No req.

Treatment details
1. Repairs to beaded gold wire work. 2. Plates let in 'same as 4a' (Not clear exactly where). 3. Repairs to stone inlay in centre. 4. Hinge re-made from flat strips of gold bent to form a tube. Each tube brazed seperately into position. [Schematic diagram of shoulder clasp with various arrows 1,2,3. Diagrams available in envelope containg old work cards in dept. filing system] Section to show attachment of tubes on hinge. [Small diagram illustrates this.] S Davison Nov As I couldn't find a method of raising fallen garnets [see record for 1939,1010.4], I decided to reomve the lacquer from this shoulder clasp using large swabs of cotton wool only. (ie no applicator sticks), to eliminate the possiblility of pushing any garnets down into their cells. Object left unlacquered.