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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


Afghanistan: What makes
a Nation?

British Museum / Guardian Public Forum 2011

To tie in with the British Museum's Crossroads of the Ancient World exhibition showing surviving treasures from Afghanistan, Jon Snow hosts a panel discussion which examines the country's strategic position, its diverse people and rich resources which have shaped the nation.

This audio originally appeared on the Guardian website.

This event took place on 12 April 2011.


Image: Gold crown from Tillya Tepe, 1st century AD. National Museum of Afghanistan © Thierry Ollivier / Musée Guimet.

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