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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.

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Beasts of Burden

Wooden model of man ploughing with Oxen (Egypt, about 2040–1750 BC)

For thousands of years, people have sought to harness the power of animals to make our own lives easier.

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