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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


About the project

Excavations at Naukratis under David Hogarth, 1899

The project will make available Johnson’s unpublished 1913/1914 excavation documentation and catalogue British Museum objects from the excavation through publications and online resources.

Today the British Museum collection is split between the departments of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, Greece and Rome, Middle East, and Coins and Medals, aptly demonstrating the range of Egyptian, Roman, Late Antique and Early Islamic objects representing the ancient city. The Museum’s searchable online database thus provides a virtual environment where the objects can be viewed and studied together.