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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


Lucy Ellis


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Lucy is an Assistant Treasure Registrar in the department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory, working to administer finds reported as potential treasure under the Treasure Act 1996. Prior to this Lucy worked as a Finds Liaison Assistant with the Portable Antiquities Scheme (www.finds.org.uk) identifying and recording finds from Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Wiltshire.

Lucy has previously completed an MA in Artefact Studies and a BA in Ancient World Studies, both attained at University College London. Her particular research interests lie in all things prehistoric, with the particular emphasis of her undergraduate study on the Bronze Age Mediterranean. However, Lucy is currently developing specialist interest in Bronze Age metalwork from Britain through her extensive involvement with the Bronze Age hoards submitted for consideration as Treasure (under the 2002 designation order).