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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


Ganjifa playing cards

Ganjifa playing cards

Asia OA 1998.10.5.1

Indian playing cards are called ganjifa and are usually round. These ones are made of cloth which has been varnished to make it hard. The cards have eight suits which show life in the court of Emperor Akbar the Great (AD 1542-1605). Have a look for crowns, gold and silver coins, swords, servants, harps, documents and stores.