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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

Unearthing the Chiseldon cauldrons. © Wessex Archaeology

In 2004 a large group of Iron Age cauldrons was discovered at a site near Chiseldon in the United Kingdom. It was a unique find: the largest group of Iron Age cauldrons ever to be discovered in Europe.

The group of 12 or more cauldrons provide a chance to research their manufacture, use and burial. This will help re-assess the chronology and social importance of cauldrons, as well as related sheet-metal vessels, in Iron Age Britain and Ireland in a wider European context. Their study will significantly contribute to the understanding of these important artefacts.

Discovery and excavation

The cauldrons were carefully excavated from within a fascinating Iron Age landscape
Discovery and excavation 
An Iron Age landscape 
Cauldrons and feasting in the Iron Age 

Studying the cauldrons

Conservation and scientific analysis will reveal how the cauldrons were used
Conserving the cauldrons 
Studying the cauldrons