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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


Money, religion and power

Religious imagery and text is often used on coinage to denote power and divine authority.

The versatility of money is perfect for the dissemination of religious ideas and declarations. The use of particular symbolism is often used to create links and draw parallels with once great empires and offers examples of cultural and religious exchange.

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	Coin of Muhammad ibn Sam