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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


School image bank
Neolithic Britain

Key Stage 2 (Ages 7–11)

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As farming gradually spread, settled communities referred to as Neolithic gradually replaced the hunter-gatherer lifestyle.

Our image bank contains a stunning set of images illustrating aspects of life in early Britain, as farming lead to a more settled way of life and forests were cleared to provide space for crops and animal herds.


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