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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


Roman war games:
helmets from Crosby Garrett and Ribchester

28 January – 27 April 2014

Recommend this exhibition

The Crosby Garrett Roman helmet was found on the fells of Crosby Garrett in Cumbria in 2010 and sold at auction in 2011.

Now, thanks to the generosity of the owner, it is on display in Room 37 at the British Museum, having been displayed at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle from 1 November 2013 – 26 January 2014.

The helmet was not used in normal combat but is a splendid example of the spectacular bronze face-mask visor-helmets used in special events known as cavalry sports. It is exhibited alongside the Ribchester Helmet, the most famous cavalry sports helmet, which was found on the site of the Roman fort at Ribchester, Lancashire, in 1796.

Crosby Garrett Roman helmet with Ribchester helmet in the background.