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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


Celtic (Scope note)

This term is used in the British Museum database to refer generally to Early Medieval objects from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall. For Iron age objects often described as Celtic, the term Early Celtic Art has been entered in the School/Style field.