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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



Kerma ware beaker

The children at work

The children at work

'This pottery beaker, used to transport liquid, originated from the Kerma basin and is part of the collection, the Kerma Classique. It has a distinctive design which consists of black around the rim, a grey zone in the middle and red at the bottom. It is made of clay and was fired in a bonfire to harden it. It was burnished with a pebble to make a highly polished surface. Kerma is in the Kingdom of Kush which was a sophisticated and urbanised community. It existed between 1750-1550 BC. I liked it because it had a distinctive design which out from the other ceramics and I would not mind having it on my mantlepiece as it is a part of my Sudanese Heritage'

By Yasir Abdelazim