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A Norse saga relates the tale of a group of Vikings forced to shelter for three nights in Maeshowe burial chamber in Orkney. During this time the Norse carved runes into the walls. From the runes, archaeologists know that the Norse were Christian and called themselves crusaders.
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5 December 2008

Classroom Ideas

Students could consider what people in the future would make of today's graffiti and could try carving using our own alphabet and runic symbols to discover how the process of carving letters led to the development of the simple straight lines that make up runes.

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