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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 Changing Museum
Room 2

Room 2: The Changing Museum

Visiting

This gallery will be closed from Monday 25 August until Friday 26 September 2014.

Room 2 features a changing selection of objects from the Museum collection. These objects have been displayed here temporarily while we make improvements to our permanent galleries.

Currently, the gallery includes objects from the Pacific and Andes and material from the Palaeolithic collections, as well as other temporary displays.

Admission free, open late Fridays

Ground floor: find on the floorplan 


Temporary displays

Britain's Secret Treasures

Britain's Secret Treasures

Finds that are featured in the ITV1 television series Britain's Secret Treasures, showing on Thursdays at 20.30 from 17 October.

More about this series 


Highlights of the gallery

Inca gold llama
Olduvai stone chopping tool
Cuerdale Hoard
Ain Sakhri Lovers figurine
Ivory panel showing an archangel
Cast gold lime-flask of a seated female

Inca gold llama 
Peru, Inca, about AD 1500

Olduvai stone chopping tool 
Tanzania, 1.8-2 million years old

The Cuerdale Hoard 
England, Viking, buried about AD 905

Ain Sakhri Lovers figurine 
Natufian, about 11,000 years old

Ivory panel showing an archangel 
Byzantine, about AD 525-550

Cast gold lime-flask of a seated female 
Colombia, Quimbaya, AD 600-1100

See all highlights of the gallery