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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


silver (Scope note)

The term silver-gilt refers to a base of silver to which a layer of gold has been applied. It can be recorded in the Description field. The Materials entered are 'gold' and 'silver' and the Technique entered is 'gilded'. For Greek and Roman coins historically referred to as billon or base silver, enter 'base silver' in Description, 'silver' in Materials and 'base' in Materials Comment. For Medieval coins, enter 'billon' in both Description and Materials. For any other objects made of base silver, enter 'base silver' in Description and 'silver' in Materials. .