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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


Flint knapping workshop

Saturday 16 March,
11.00–13.00 & 14.00–16.00
Sackler Rooms

This event is fully booked

Recommend this event

A demonstration by expert flint knapper Karl Lee on how Ice Age craftsmen worked with stone.

Karl Lee demonstrates how Ice Age craftsmen used stone to create sophisticated tools essential to hunting, preparing food and making clothing.

Make a flint arrow head to take away with you.

Wear durable work clothes and sturdy footwear.

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Female figure sculpted from steatite. Found at Grimaldi, Italy, about 20,000 years old. Musée d'Archéologie nationale. © Photo RMN/Jean-Gilles Berizzi