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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



Senet game

Length: 28.000 cm

EA 66669

The ancient Egyptian game of Senet is a bit like ludo, but more complicated. Two players with 7 pieces each try to get them all off the board. Stick dice are thrown and the pieces moved around the board in an S-shape. The last few squares have special patterns on and all of these have to be landed on exactly. If a player lands on the fourth to last 'water' square they have to go back to the beginning.

You can play Senet on-line at The British Museum's Ancient Egypt website (requires Shockwave).

What kind of game? Senet is a race game. Luck with the dice is needed, but also a little skill.