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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


drawn (Scope note)

This term is a generic term used in the BM to cover all methods of hand-drawing on paper. In the Western tradition; it includes watercolour, pen and ink, and graphite. In the Indian tradition, the Technique 'drawn' and the Object Name 'drawing' are used for works in graphite, charcoal and pen and ink. The Technique term 'painted' and the Object Name 'painting' are used for works which include watercolours and gouache.