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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


Project team, and advisory committee

Advisory committee

This project benefits from the support of an Advisory Committee. Their specialist expertise complements that available within the museum and is invaluable in establishing the research questions, developing the analytical approaches and in interpreting the results.

The Committee will also help to ensure that valuable and valid outcomes of the widest relevance are obtained and fully disseminated.

  • Denise Y Arnold, Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Aymara (ILCA), La Paz and Birkbeck College, London
  • David Beresford-Jones, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge
  • Penny Dransart, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Wales Lampeter
  • Elvira Espejo, Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Aymara (ILCA), La Paz
  • Alison Hulme, School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh
  • Jo Kirby, Scientific Department at the National Gallery, London
  • Christophe Moulherat, Preventive Conservation, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris
  • Ana Roquero, Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España, Madrid
  • Viviana Siveroni, Independent scholar
  • Oliver Whaley, Herbarium, Library, Art & Archives Department, Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, London

Other British Museum staff