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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


Discover the Arab world

Classroom resource
Age 12–16

Use the rich collection of the British Museum to explore key themes about Arab people and culture: achievement, art, conflict, diversity, gender and global interaction. Supports teaching about the region at KS3/4 in art and design, history, citizenship and religious education.

Download image bank, ppt 4.8mb 
Download booklet, pdf 2mb 
Download Image cards, pdf 4mb 

Subjects covered

Art and design

Age ranges

Age 12–16

Related information

Middle East and Islamic World

the Blacas ewer

Image: the Blacas ewer, decorated with courtly scenes. From Mosul, northern Iraq, AH 629 / AD 1232.