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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




Oxus Treasure (Iran, 500–300 BC)

Chariots are lightweight two-wheeled vehicles usually pulled by horses or sometimes other draught animals.

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Ancient Olympics - modern Olympics

Cup showing athletics (Greece, 470–460 BC)

Many of the competitions of the modern Olympic Games are inspired by ancient games and sports

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