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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


Archaeology project

Classroom resource
Age 7–11

Explore the themes of change, place names, death and burials and trade in this series of booklets, produced in the Camden Young Archaeologists project (Camden Out of Schools Learning team with the British Museum as a partner).
Start by downloading the introduction and resources booklet, then choose a theme to follow with your class.

Download Introduction and
resources, pdf 3.0mb
Download Change, pdf 225kb 
Download Place names, pdf 139kb 
Download Trade, pdf 162kb 
Download Death and burials,
pdf 419kb

Subjects covered


Age ranges

Age 7–11 (KS2)


Image: cover of the introduction and resources leaflet.