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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


Statue of a pair of dogs

Marble statue: pair of dogs

Roman, possibly 2nd century AD: found near Civita Lavinia, Lazio, Italy

Height: 67.000 cm

Townley Collection

GR 1805.7-3.8 (Sculpture 2131)

The ancient Romans used to keep dogs for hunting and herding cows or sheep, as well as for pets. This sculpture of a male and female dog was carved around 2000 years ago. They were found about 250 years ago at a place called Dog Mountain outside Rome along with other sculptures of dogs. The dogs seem to be good friends - one is nibbling the ear of the other.

The other picture is a pottery dog from Mexico from around the same time.