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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


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  • Chenghua '100 children' bowl

    The Chenghua emperor (reigned AD 1465-87) loved small, perfe

  • Doucai jar

    This doucai jar is decorated with a blue, three-clawed drago

  • Doucai vase

    The Chinese term doucai means 'joined colours' or 'contrasti