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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


Teacher course
Classical civilisation: using museums

Thursday 18 July 2013
Friday 19 July 2013

£210, including lunch

View dates and book online: coursesandevents.aqa.org.uk

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This one-day course run by the awarding body AQA is aimed at teachers of Classical Civilisations at Key Stages 4 and 5.

Teachers will explore ways in which their students can make the richest use of the resources available when visiting museums.

The day will provide ideas on lesson planning and related activities, and consider how such visits can be integrated into successful teaching. It features sessions led by British Museum experts, including artefact handling.

To find out more contact the AQA on 0161 957 3646, or email teachercpd@aqa.org.uk

This course can also be delivered at your school or college. Call 0161 957 3330 or email inschoolcpd@aqa.org.uk to discuss your needs.

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