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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


Sutton Hoo

Helmet from Sutton Hoo

Original helmet

Replica: front view

Replica: front view

Replica: side view

Replica: side view

1968: Excavation of the ship

1968: Excavation of the ship

From Mound 1, Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

Height: 31.8 cm
Width: 21.5 cm



Gift of Mrs E.M. Pretty

M&ME 1939,10-10,93

On a small hill above the river Deben in Suffolk is a strange-looking field, covered with grassy mounds of different sizes. For several hundred years what lay under them was a mystery.

Then in 1938, an archaeologist called Basil Brown started digging under mounds 2, 3 and 4, where he found a few, mostly broken, Anglo-Saxon objects which had been buried alongside their owner's bodies. Sadly, grave robbers had taken most of what was there. WIth a little more hope he started on the biggest mound, Mound 1.

He did not know that the treasures under Mound 1 would turn out to be the most amazing set of Anglo-Saxon objects ever found. Click the arrows below to explore those objects.

Resources for teachers

Using this tour as a starting point for enquiries:

Download Sutton Hoo teachers' notes (30 Kb)

Download a student activity sheet (49 Kb)

Print and do activities

Download an Anglo-Saxon recipe for chicken stew
(121 Kb)

On display: Room 2: Collecting the world