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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


Journey into the Mummy

© 2004 Dr Caroline Wilkinson, University of Manchester


Every one of the British Museum's mummies was once a living, breathing Egyptian going about their everyday life - working, eating, sleeping, getting ill, spending time with their family. Studying these people's mummies tells us a lot about their lives.

Meet an Egyptian man called Nesperennub. Although his mummy case has been in the Museum for over 100 years it has never been opened. This is because unwrapping mummies can badly damage them. So Nesperennub's secrets have remained hidden.

But now amazingly we have the technology to look inside Nesperennub's mummy without disturbing the wrappings at all.

Click the arrow below to journey into the mummy.

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