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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 Babylon, allowing students to become familiar with object identification and vocabulary.

Download image bank, ppt 1.1mb 
Download image bank notes pdf 37kb 

Subjects covered

Art and design

Age ranges

Age 7–11

Related information


Image: Stela of Nabonidus. Neo-Babylonian dynasty, 555-539 BC. Possibly from Babylon, southern Iraq.