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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


Celtic Design

Classroom resource
Age 7–11

Study some of the incredible craftwork of the Iron Age, including brooches, helmets, mirrors, shields and torcs.

Download image bank, ppt 2.5mb 

Subjects covered


Age ranges

Age 7–11

Related information

Ancient Rome

bronze mirror

Image: decorated bronze mirror. Iron Age, 50 BC - AD 50. From Desborough, Northamptonshire, England