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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


The Ramesseum Papyri

Project team



  • Oriental Faculty, University of Oxford
  • Manchester Museum, University of Manchester
  • Ägyptisches Museum
    und Papyrussammlung, Berlin
  • Seminar für Ägyptologie und Koptologie, Georg-August-Universität Goettingen.
  • Seminar für Ägyptologie, Universität zu Köln
  • CNRS, Ramesseum project

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Performances: The Tale of Sinuhe

The Tale of Sinuhe

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Ancient Egyptian poetry was meant to be recited, and living performance can transform the meaning and impact of an
ancient poem.

Even a long text that can take several weeks to read in a university seminar will last only half an hour when recited. The famous Tale of Sinuhe from the Ramesseum papyri was performed by well-known actors, Gary Pillai and Shobu Kapoor at the Ledbury Poetry Festival and in other locations, including the Egyptian Sculpture gallery at the British Museum, and each performance has revealed new insights.

This research is ongoing, and if you are interested in taking part in this aspect of the project please contact Richard Parkinson: egyptian@britishmuseum.org.