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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


Home life in Sudan

Kerma ware beaker

'This bowl comes from Kush. It was originally used for cooking and eating food. The pattern is made by putting the top of the bowl in the fire to make it black. That is why the middle is white. It was made in 1750-1550 BC and it is kind of similar to the lacquered bowl which was made in Japan. We liked this because it is pretty where the colours have mixed together.'

By Arieg El Hussan, Hega E Hussan, Yasmin Hashim, Azzah Hashim