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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


Prehistoric Metal Artefacts from Italy (3500–720 BC) in the British Museum

Anna Maria Bietti Sestieri and Ellen Macnamara with a scientific report by Duncan Hook

British Museum Research Publication 159
ISBN 13: 978 086159 159 6
© The Trustees of the British Museum 2007

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Short sword

Short sword with ivory pommel, Final Bronze Age–Early Iron Age transition, cat. 226