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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 Silk Road

Tang horse (China, AD mid-700s)

One of the most important international trade links ever to have existed was the long-distance land route between the Middle East and China, known as the Silk Road.

More about The Silk Road