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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

 

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gold bowl from the vale of york hoard

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The Vale of York

This is the most important and exciting Viking hoard found in Britain for nearly 170 years. The hoard consists of 617 silver coins, one gold and five silver arm-rings, as well as around 65 other silver artefacts. But the star piece is a gilt-silver vessel, made in northern France or Germany around the middle of the ninth century.

Recent acquisitions

brown glass beaker

Brown glass claw beaker found at Ringlemere, Kent. Anglo-Saxon.

king louis XIV relief

Relief of King Louis XIV, by David Le Marchand, France, 1690-6.

horse and rider figurine

Figurine of a horse-and-rider, 3rd-4th century, Romano-British 

gold coin

Gold aureus of Carausius (286–93), struck at London, reverse: PAX AVG; Pax holding olive branch and sceptre

black and white art

Knowledge is Sweeter than Honey by Susan Hefuna, Cairo, 2007
© Susan Hefuna

small metal figurines

We Were Brave by Sokari Douglas Camp, 2006
© Sokari Douglas Camp

Archaeological discovery at Domuztepe, Turkey

 

Research projects

British Museum curators, conservators, scientists and educators are continuously engaged in research on the collection and its context in London, across the UK and throughout the world.

 

Key projects include:

 

Excavations at Domuztepe
A key period of change in prehistory. – the largest known late Neolithic period settlement. This archaeological site is located
in south-central Turkey and is the largest known example of a settlement from the Late Neolithic (around 6,500-5,500 BC).

 

Happisburgh
The site of the oldest known evidence for humans in northern Europe. Over the past six years, archaeologists excavating
on the coast of eastern England have uncovered remains that revolutionise the way we think about the early human
colonisation of northern Europe.

 

Find out more about ongoing research