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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


Women's and girls' jewellery

Women and girl's jewellery

Diameter: 7.000 cm (bracelets, max.)

Gifts of Canon W.G. Greenwell, T.E. Wells & Sons, Sir I. MacDonald of Sleat, G.R. Wilson and others, Major Tristram

P&EE 1879 12-9 534, 539;P&EE 1926 3-13 12;P&EE 1951 11-12 1;P&EE 1975 4-1 5;P&EE 1978 12-2 16, 20;P&EE 1991 10-1 1A

This selection of fine jewellery would have been worn by some women and girls in the middle of the Iron Age. Very simple brooches were worn, often the equivalent of simple safety pins for holding clothes together. Other types of jewellery were uncommon, which suggests that few people at this time wore flamboyant costumes.

However, some people did own brooches with decoration that could include red or white coral, or red glass. To own a necklace with so many beads was very unusual. Most women would have only worn one or two glass beads, if any at all. Bangles could have been worn around the wrists, or as anklets.

On display: Room 50: Britain and Europe