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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

 

The Wetwang Chariot Burial


BBC reconstruction: body in the chariotBBC reconstruction: body in the chariotBBC reconstruction: body in the chariot

The site from the south

The site from the south

View N over Wetwang Slack

View N over Wetwang Slack

Excavating one of the wheels

Excavating one of the wheels


In March 2001 an Iron Age grave was discovered in the village of Wetwang in East Yorkshire, England. It was found during the construction of a small housing development by Hogg the Builders of York. The grave was then excavated by a team of archaeologists from The Guildhouse Consultancy and the British Museum, and funded by English Heritage.

The excavation showed that the grave was that of a woman who had died over 2,300 years ago and was buried with a chariot. Since the completion of the excavation, Hogg the Builders generously donated the finds to the British Museum, where they are being carefully conserved and studied. This is leading to new, and sometimes controversial, evidence of life in the Iron Age.

The BBC filmed throughout the excavation and subsequently, and funded a reconstruction of the chariot for Meet the Ancestors. This tour offers an introduction to what the archaeologists and conservators have so far discovered about the woman and her chariot.