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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


Sovati Louden-Smith


+44 (0)20 7323 8041

Sovati Smith studied Art History and Visual Media at Birkbeck University while working in the Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory at the British Museum. Since joining the department she has studied Art and Anthropology on the British Museum/Birkbeck collaborative course run in conjunction with the department and hopes to do postgraduate research in this field in the future.

At the moment she is working on developing and maintaining Ethnographic Documents (supplementary information on the collections or related subjects) covering Africa, Oceania and the Americas . These can be accessed through the Anthropology Library and Research Centre.

She is also working on conserving and improving the care of the Archives Collection of the department and day to day management of the Deposit Room.