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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


Professor Clive Gamble

Clive Gamble was appointed to the British Museum board in August 2010.

Clive Gamble is a Professor in the University of Southampton’s Faculty of Humanities where he leads interdisciplinary research projects and publishes widely on the archaeology of human origins. He is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, and has held positions at Universities in the United States and Australia. Clive undertakes pioneering research into the social life of our earliest ancestors and in particular investigates the timing of global colonisation. His research has led him into many parts of the world, some of them remote, to answer the questions; when and why did we become the only species in human evolution to cover the entire globe? Clive is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Society of Antiquaries. He is the President of the Royal Anthropological Institute. When not thinking about the past and deep-history he is engrossed by cricket, cats and the garden.


Professor Clive Gamble