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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


Gold diadem

Gold diadem

Length: 23.000 cm
Width: 25.000 cm

AOA Ethno (+) 7819

This diadem was discovered in 1824 in the valley of the Camaná river of Peru. It would have been attached to a mummy. A large face motif appears in the centre with three smaller ones at the end of the arms. Lines beneath the eyes represent tears and snake-patterns on either side refer to flowing water. The face is probably that of a rain-god whose water was believed to sustain life and civilization.

On display: Enlightenment: Religion