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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

 

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A 100 part series by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, exploring world history from two million years ago to the present.

To mark the publication of the book of A History of the World in 100 Objects, Neil MacGregor discusses this engrossing and original approach to the telling of human history.

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A History of the World book launch

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A History of the World: book launch

To mark the publication of the book of A History of the World in 100 Objects, Neil MacGregor discusses this engrossing and original approach to the telling of human history.
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Curator’s introduction to the 100th object in A History of the World

JD Hill, British Museum, explores why this particular object was chosen, and what it can
tell us.
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