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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.

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  • COMPASS Title: Gold cobra wearing the red crown of Lower Egypt;Gold cobra


  • Furniture ornament in the form of a cobra: the fact that the cobra wears the red crown of Lower Egypt means almost certainly that it represents Wadjet. The fine workmanship and the material used suggest that it belonged to a piece of elite, perhaps royal, furniture, such as a chair.

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