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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


News and press releases

News and press

British Museum and the State Hermitage Museum celebrate 250th Enlightenment anniversary with the loan of a Parthenon Sculpture

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Germany: memories of a nation

This exhibition will examine elements of German history from the past 600 years in the context of the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago.

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Portable Antiquities Scheme records one millionth find

The Portable Antiquities Scheme has announced its one millionth find – a Roman coin in a hoard of 22,000 others dating to around AD341 found in Seaton, Devon.

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Lewis king chess piece

The British Museum is often involved in events, research or a topic that becomes the subject of public discussion.

The following set of statements provide key information for understanding these complex issues, including the provenance of objects, human remains in the collection and the Parthenon sculptures.


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