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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

 

Anglo-Saxon England


Ship's figurehead


In the fifth century AD, people from tribes called Angles, Saxons and Jutes left their homelands in northern Europe to look for a new home. They knew that the Romans had recently left the green land of Britain unguarded, so they sailed across the channel in small wooden boats. This warlike dragon figurehead is from a ship of that time.

The Britons did not give in without a fight, but after many years the invaders managed to overcome them, driving them to the west of the country. The Anglo-Saxons were to rule for over 500 years.

Some objects were left behind by the Anglo-Saxons which have given us clues about how they lived. This tour gives you an introduction to that time through twelve objects in the British Museum, home to the largest and finest Anglo-Saxon collection in the world.

Resources for teachers

What can we learn about the Anglo-Saxons from examining museum objects?

Download teachers' notes (28 Kb)

Download student activity sheet (45 Kb)

Print and do activities

An Anglo-Saxon recipe for chicken stew (121 Kb)

Design a Viking Coin (173 Kb)