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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


Anglo-Saxon and Viking ship burial

Friday 6 June,

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The ritual of ship burial was practised by both the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons, most famously at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk.

To mark the redisplay of the Sutton Hoo objects in Room 41 of the British Museum, this talk will compare the ship graves of Sutton Hoo and the Vikings, addressing key similarities and differences in their symbolic interpretation.

This event will be chaired by Exhibition Curator Gareth Williams, British Museum, and will feature Jan Bill, Director of the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo, and Sue Brunning, Curator of the Early Medieval Insular Collection, British Museum.

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