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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

 

A History of the World in 100 Objects

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Inspired by the groundbreaking BBC Radio 4 series, this book explores the fascinating stories of 100 objects.

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

A BBC/British Museum partnership.

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1. Making us human 2,000,000 - 9000 BC

2. After the Ice Age: food and sex 9000 - 3500 BC

3. The First Cities and States 4000 - 2000 BC

4. The Beginning of Science and Literature 1500 - 700 BC

5. Old World, New Powers 1100 - 300 BC

6. The World in the Age of Confucius 500 - 300 BC

7. Empire Builders 300 BC - AD 1

8. Ancient Pleasures, Modern Spice AD 1 - 600

9. The Rise of World Faiths AD 200 - 600

10. The Silk Road And Beyond AD 400 - 700

11. Inside The Palace: Secrets At Court AD 700 - 950

12. Pilgrims, Raiders and Traders AD 900 - 1300

13. Status Symbols AD 1200 - 1400

14. Meeting The Gods AD 1200 - 1400

15. The Threshold of the Modern World AD 1375 - 1550

16. The First Global Economy AD 1450 - 1600

17. Tolerance and Intolerance AD 1550 - 1700

18. Exploration, Exploitation and Enlightenment AD 1680 - 1820

19. Mass Production, Mass Persuasion AD 1780 - 1914

20. The World of Our Making AD 1914 - 2010