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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


Ancient Egyptian scribal pallets

Conservators at the British Museum preparing ancient Egyptian scribal pallets for display in the exhibition.

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Ancient Egyptian scribal pallets

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Introduction to the exhibition

Journey through the afterlife: ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead.
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Book of the Dead schools film

A short film introducing students to the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead.
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Voxpops interviews

Visitors to the exhibition share their impressions of the exhibition.
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Conservation: coffin mask

Conservators clean an ancient Egyptian coffin mask.
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Conservation: coffin panel

Conservators work on a panel of an ancient Egyptian coffin.
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Conservation: papyrus

Delicate work is carried out on pieces of ancient Egyptian papyrus ready.
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Conservation: scribal pallet

Conservators carry out work on an ancient Egyptian scribal pallet.
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Conservation: baboon deity

Conservators prepare an ancient Egyptian baboon deity for display.
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Conservation: coffin

Conservators prepare an ancient Egyptian coffin for display.
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