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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


Catalogue of Visigothic artefacts from Spain and Southern France in the British Museum

Project leader

  • Barry Ager, curator, continental early Medieval collection


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The catalogue will comprise around 70 objects including mainly jewellery and costume accessories, together with several horse-harness fittings, liturgical vessels, an inscribed ceramic tile and a grave-slab also bearing an inscription.

This project aims to produce an electronic publication catalogue and will result in the enhancement of existing Merlin (the Museum’s collections database) records. It will provide information derived from laboratory analysis, while presenting full digital image coverage, together with gallery talks and other public lectures, conference papers and published articles on select pieces.

Visigothic buckle inlaid with glass

Visigothic buckle inlaid with glass.
From Spain, 6th century AD.