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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: Pacific

The Pacific: Gods and People

A selection from the Museum's outstanding Pacific and Australian collection

Power and Taboo: sacred objects from the Pacific

The nature and power of the gods in the Polynesian islands of the eastern Pacific Ocean is explored through a series of objects dating from 1760 to the present.