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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


Mammoth ivory carving

Saturday 2 March,

This event is fully booked

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Come and experience how tools, weapons and works of art were made using mammoth ivory with stone tools during the last Ice Age.

Master craftsman Wulf Hein has been replicating these artefacts for 25 years and his work has provided important insights into the techniques and artistry of Ice Age people. He will demonstrate and talk about his work before giving you the unique opportunity to carve your own creation on a real piece of mammoth ivory.

Wear durable work clothes and sturdy footwear.

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Carving the ivory horse figurine from the Vogelherd cave. © Wulf Hein.