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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


Claire Costin


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Claire originally trained in Restoration and Conservation before deciding she would like to understand more about the life of the humans producing the objects she was attempting to save from decay and studied Medieval Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, later gaining an MA in Public Archaeology from UCL. Claire has worked in various posts in facilities management; cultural sector education, ensuring that archaeology and museum National Occupational Standards and vocational qualifications were fit for purpose; and working with educational grants and budgets. The role of Resources Manager, based at the British Museum, is to manage grants and other resources and to support the work of the central unit and the Scheme as a whole.