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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

 

Online tours: Britain

Buried Treasures Unearthed

Discover some of the star objects in the exhibition Buried treasure: Finding our past

Daily life in Iron Age Britain

An introduction to life in Iron Age Britain through some of the objects the people made, used, lost or sacrificed.

Enlightenment: Ancient Scripts

Follow the attempts made in the Enlightenment to decipher ancient languages in this tour to accompany the Museum's new gallery, Enlightenment: Discovering the World in the Eighteenth Century

Enlightenment: Art and Civilization

Learn about the attempts of Enlightenment scholars to understand the history of art in this tour to accompany the Museum's new gallery, Enlightenment: Discovering the World in the Eighteenth Century


Enlightenment: Classifying the World

Find out how people began to order and organize knowledge during the Enlightenment in this tour to accompany the Museum's new gallery, Enlightenment: Discovering the World in the Eighteenth Century

Enlightenment: Religion and Ritual

Discover how Enlightenment scholars began to study other religions in this tour to accompany the Museum's new gallery, Enlightenment: Discovering the World in the Eighteenth Century

Enlightenment: The Birth of Archaeology

How the study of ancient Britain led to the creation of British archaeology - a tour to accompany the Museum's new gallery, Enlightenment: Discovering the World in the Eighteenth Century

Enlightenment: The Natural World

Find out how our view of nature changed during the Enlightenment in this tour to accompany the Museum's new gallery, Enlightenment: Discovering the World in the Eighteenth Century


Enlightenment: Trade and Discovery

Learn more about European voyages of discovery during the Enlightenment in this tour to accompany the Museum's new gallery, Enlightenment: Discovering the World in the Eighteenth Century

London 1753

A tour of London at the time of the founding of the British Museum

Our Top Ten British Treasures

What are the most important British treasures in the British Museum? What makes one treasure more important than another?

People in Iron Age Britain

An introduction to life in Iron Age Britain through some of the objects the people made, used, lost or sacrificed.


Religion and ritual in Iron Age Britain

An introduction to life in Iron Age Britain through some of the objects the people made, used, lost or sacrificed.

Samuel Palmer

A look at the life and works of one of Britain's greatest artists.

War and art in Iron Age Britain

An introduction to life in Iron Age Britain through some of the objects the people made, used, lost or sacrificed.

The Wetwang Chariot Burial

A recent excavation of an Iron Age burial in East Yorkshire (as featured on the BBC's Meet the Ancestors