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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

 

Horse harness fittings


Horse harness fittings


Length: 26.000 cm (horse bit)

P&EE 1855 5-9 10;P&EE 1866 7-14 2;P&EE 1928 1-16 1;P&EE 1940 2-3 1


Iron Age Britons probably considered their horses and the carts, traps or chariots they pulled as things of great value and importance. Metal horse harnesses and the other metal parts of carts were some of the most highly decorated objects made by Iron Age craftspeople.

It is difficult to appreciate the impact these colourful objects would have had in prehistoric times. Bright colours would have been rare. The inlaid red and bright blue glass would have stood out sharply. Imagine the spectacle and the sound as a horse drawn cart or chariot thundered past!