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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


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  • COMPASS Image Caption: Purse lid

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  • Sutton Hoo ship excavation  Unassigned PE  MLA


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  • Plain gold clasp, rectangular, with a cavity in the long side and a short knob burred over a rectangular washer on back. This object was designed to engage the hinged tongue of purse-lid 1939,1010.2.

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  • Gold, garnet and millefiori purse-lid.  a. Gold frame of purse-lid: sub-rectangular in form, with a straight top and curved ends. Along the straight edge there are three hinges on the outside, and four U-shaped lobes on the inside, each lobe inlaid with c

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