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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


Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Biographical details)

Department for Culture, Media and Sport (institution/organisation; British)

Also known as

Department for Culture, Media and Sport; DCMS; Department of National Heritage


The Department of Culture, Media and Sport was created in 1997 from the former Department of National Heritage.

In 1993, responsibility for Treasure passed from H M Treasury (q.v.) to the Department of National Heritage (from 1997, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport). Treasure Trove was replaced by the Treasure Act 1996, which came into force in September 1997 and so applies only to the acquisition of items found from this date onwards.