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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


Bronze spoons

Bronze spoons

Length: 11.800 cm
Width: 7.000 cm (max.)

P&EE 1869 12-11 1,2

What were these large spoons used for? By studying where they were found and the particular patterns on the spoons, archaeologists can come to some conclusions about their use. It is almost certain that they were not used for eating or serving everyday food.

The spoons were found in a bog near a natural spring. Objects were often offered as sacrifices in bogs, lakes and rivers in the Iron Age. Spoons like these are usually found in pairs, one of which always has a small hole on the right side, and the other is always decorated with a cross. It has been suggested that water, blood or beer might have been allowed to drip through the hole in one spoon onto the other during attempts to divine the future.

On display: Room 50: Britain and Europe