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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


Egyptian cat

Bronze figure of a seated cat

From Saqqara, Egypt: Late Period, after 600 BC

Height: 42.000 cm
Width: 13.000 cm

Gift of Major Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson

EA 64391

In ancient Egypt, the cat was the special animal of the goddess Bastet, and the Egyptians thought that prayers made to cats would be heard by the goddess. This cat is made of bronze and wearing gold jewellery to show how important it is.

On display: Room 4: Egyptian sculpture