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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


South America


South America

The British Museum holds thousands of objects from south America, from the ancient Mayan city of Yaxchilian to Colombian goldwork and Aztec turquoise mosaics.

Beyond El Dorado: image bank 
Age 7–16

Beyond El Dorado: exhibition teacher guide 
Age 7–16

Moctezuma: Aztec ruler 
Age 7–11

The Aztec world 
Age 7–11, 12–16


School session

Meet the Aztecs: mission to Mexico


Students become agents of the Spanish king and are sent to investigate the Aztec empire.


Teachers receive a 10% discount*. Quote teacher1112 in Museum shops or at the checkout online.

*Discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.