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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

 

The life and death of Gebelein Man

Found in around 1896, the mummy known as Gebelein Man was buried in about 3500 BC at the site of Gebelein in Upper Egypt. He has been in the British Museum collection for over 100 years, but it was not until 2012 that he was CT scanned for the first time. Detailed images created from the CT scans’ high resolution X-rays are allowing us to look inside his body and learn about his life and his death in ways never before possible.

Virtual autopsy, Room 64
until 3 March 2013 

Read more about the Gebelein Man 

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