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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 4–6 (Key Stage 1)

A look at how people from around the world have used pattern to decorate a variety of objects using colour, shape and symmetry.

Download image bank, ppt 1.9mb 
Download image bank notes, pdf 34kb

Subjects covered

Art & Design

Age ranges

Age 3–6

Related resources

KS1 2D shape
KS1 Colour

Mosaic tiles from Byland Abbey

Underglaze-painted tiles, Ottoman, about AD 1550, from Iznik, modern Turkey.