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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


Cooking pots

Cooking pots

Height: 16.000 cm (pot at the back)
Height: 16.000 cm (pot at the back)

Gifts of:
Glastonbury Antiquarian Society
Somerset Archaeological Society

P&EE 1870, 12-8, 8;P&EE 1906 10-11,1;P&EE 1951 7-5,1

These are examples of the type of cooking pot that would have been found in most Iron Age homes in southern England at some time between 300 BC and AD 43. Used to cook stews, porridge or soups, it is likely that these cooking pots were left to simmer on an open hearth. This explains why food was sometimes burnt on both the inside and the outside of such pots. The food was probably poured into a serving bowl of the same size and shape for eating out of communally.

Cooking pots were not usually decorated or polished, whereas serving bowls could sometimes be decorated and were often burnished (rubbed until a glossy surface was achieved) before being fired.

On display: Room 50: Britain and Europe