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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



Classroom resource
Age 7–11

This cross-curricular resource provides students with visual encounters with key objects from Assyria, allowing students to become familiar with object identification and vocabulary.

Download image bank, ppt 3.1mb 
Download support notes, pdf 37kb 

Subjects covered

Art and design

Age ranges

Age 7–11

Related information


winged lion

Image: Colossal statue of a winged lion from the North-West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II (Room B). Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), northern Iraq. Neo-Assyrian, about 883-859 BC.