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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 'Ram in a Thicket'

The Ram in a Thicket

From From Ur, southern Iraq, about 2600-2400 BC

Height: 45.700 cm
Width: 30.480 cm

ME 122200

This beautiful animal is made of gold and jewels. He is standing up peeking through a bush. From the way he is standing, we can tell he is a goat, not a sheep.

He was found in a grave. When he was found he had been squashed flat by the earth. Conservators had to stretch him back out.

On display: Room 56: Mesopotamia