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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


The human form

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

The British Museum’s potential for exploring the human form in world art is unsurpassed. Each of these three presentations for use in the classroom deals with two different aspects of the Human Form. They also provide valuable resources for investigating, form and medium.

Download mini lesson perfection and abstraction, 2015kb 
Download mini lesson portraits and adornment, 2535kb 
Download mini lesson power and devotion, 3025kb 

Subjects covered

Art and design

Age ranges

Age 7–11
Age 12–16


Image: Discus-thrower (discobolus). Roman copy of a bronze original of the 5th century BC. From Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli, Lazio, Italy.