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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


Ain Sakhri lovers figurine

What makes an object art? Can we ever know what inspired people in the past to create objects which are considered to be art today?

Young people from TBG Camden work with curator Jill Cook to discuss and debate an 11,000 year old object – thought to be the oldest representation of two people making love.

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