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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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  • Stone ball

    Stone balls or spheroids are often found with handaxes and c

  • Stone chopping tool

    It comes from an early human campsite in the bottom layer of

  • Stone chopping tools

    'These are amazing pieces. They have great meaning to me per

  • Stone cleaver

    Cleavers resemble handaxes in all but their tips which are s

  • Olduvai handaxe

    They were still in use there some 500,000 years ago by which

  • Stone handaxe

    This small handaxe from Bed IV in Olduvai Gorge is one of th