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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


Death and the afterlife

Classroom resource
Age 7–11, 12–16, 16+

From the bread buried with mummified Egyptians to Ghanaian coffins in the shape of cameras and eagles and from the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos to early Chinese bronzes, the British Museum’s collection is rich in objects associated with death.

This teacher guide offers ideas to get you started thinking about this theme in the Museum and suggested projects for the classroom.

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Subjects covered

Art and design

Age ranges

Age 7–11
Age 12–16

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Image: Tombstone of a soldier's daughter Roman. From Kirkby Thore, Cumbria, UK. 2nd to 4th centuries AD.