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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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  • Pair of terracotta reliefs showing personifications of the four seasons: Spring and Summer, and Autumn and Winter

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  • One of a pair of terracotta Campana reliefs showing personifications of the four seasons; Spring and Summer (BM Cat.Terracotta D583)  Pen and ink with wash on a sheet of paper, which is inlaid into a second sheet together with 2010,5006.355; the assemblage framed in a series of pen and red ink borders

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