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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




On this Tour you will find some unusual jewellery from around the world, worn in different ways. The jewels are in chronological order, meaning in the order of their age, starting with the oldest (4,500 years old) and ending with the newest (6 years old).

Start the Tour by clicking the arrow below.

A few final facts...
This section is for adults, older children, or just those who are interested in finding out more information about each piece of jewellery.