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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


School session
Living in the shadow
of Vesuvius

Key Stage 2 (Age 7–11)

Recommend this session

Students toured the special exhibition Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum and examined the amazing objects on display.

They met members of a Pompeian household to gather information about life in AD 79.

They then helped Pliny the Younger, a famous Roman writer, describe the events of that fateful day. See a selection of these letters below.


 Letters to Pliny

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Mosaic of a guard dog. From the House of Orpheus, Pompeii, 1st century AD. © Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei / Trustees of the British Museum