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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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    Human figurine made of gold.

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    • McEwan 2009 pp. 128-129 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history


    1996, London, Museum of Mankind (Room 1), 'Gilded Image'
    2003 15 Dec-2009 Jun, BM, 'Living and Dying'
    2012 Mar-Jul, Abu Dhabi, Manarat al Saadiyat, Treasures of the World's Cultures
            2012-2013 30 Nov-7 Apr, Bonn, Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2013 11 Oct – 2014 16 Mar, Stuttgart, Linden Museum, Historic Inca PROMISED
    2014 02 Mar – 02 Nov, Rosenheim, Exhibition Hall Lokschuppen, Historic Inca PROMISED
    2014 Oct – 2015 Mar, Paris, Musee Quai Branly, Historic Inca PROMISED

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    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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