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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


Visiting the Sutton Hoo treasures

Visit resource
Age 7–11

Activities and information to support a visit to the rich treasures of the Sutton Hoo ship burial.

Please note that Room 41 is now closed for refurbishment until late 2013. However, a selection of objects from Sutton Hoo is on temporary display in Room 2 during this time.

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Subjects covered


Age ranges

Age 7–11

Related information

Anglo-Saxons and Vikings


Image: ship-burial helmet from Mound 1, Sutton Hoo, Suffolk. Anglo-Saxon. England, early 7th century AD