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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


Life in Roman Britain

Classroom resource
Age 7–11

This resource gives an overview of life in Roman Britain through a variety of Museum objects - coins, pottery, stonework, statues and writing tablets.

Download image bank, ppt 952kb 
Download image bank notes, pdf 41kb 

Subjects covered

Art and design

Age ranges

Age 7–11

Related information

Ancient Rome


Image: tombstone of a soldier's daughter. Roman Britain, 2nd to 4th centuries AD. Found a mile south-east of the site of the Roman fort at Kirkby Thore, Cumbria (AD 1860).