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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


Spotlight loan

The Backworth Hoard

Segedunum Roman Fort and Baths

Free exhibition

24 May 2013 –
15 September 2013

Recommend this exhibition

The Backworth Hoard will be on display at Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend from 24 May – 15 September 2013 as part of the British Museum Spotlight loans and tours programme.

The hoard will feature as the centrepiece in an exhibition that will shed new light on life on the Roman – Barbarian frontier. The Hoard is of national significance, and features gold and silver artefacts such as a silver pan, spoons and gilded silver brooches that were believed to be treasure deposits from a pagan shrine dedicated to the Mother-goddesses near the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall.

The exhibition will examine the complex relationship between the Romans and their environment, the native people and the indigenous deities of northern Britain, and beyond.

An exciting programme of family events will take place at Segedunum Roman Fort over the course of the exhibition, check www.segedunumromanfort.org.uk for details.

The Witham Shield

The Backworth Hoard, 2nd century AD