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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, 12–16

Explore the different ways textiles are made and used across the world: for ceremonies and status, protection, display, clothing and decorating a home.

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quilted cotton horse armour

Image: quilted cotton horse armour for battle and military parades. From Sudan, Africa, 19th century AD.