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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


Roman Music

Classroom resource
Age 7–11

A guide to the types of musical instruments used by the Romans - from rattles and drums to pipes and lyres.

Download mini lesson, ppt 4.8mb 

Subjects covered


Age ranges

Age 7–11

Related information

Ancient Rome

bronze sistrum

Image: bronze sistrum found in or near Rome, Italy, 1st-2nd century AD