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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


Antony Simpson


+44 (0)20 7323 8277

Antony carries out Treasure analysis for the Museum, and provides technical design assistance to all members of the Conservation and Scientific Research department. This includes digital imaging and graphics, digital illustration, filming, and the preparation of presentation materials.

Antony has an interest in all aspects of outreach and is particularly involved with the planning of science based conferences held at the Museum.