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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

 

 

Britain's Secret Treasures

In a new television series, in partnership with the British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme, presenters Michael Buerk, Bettany Hughes and guests uncover extraordinary objects found by ordinary people that have changed our understanding of British history.

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Britain’s Secret Treasures is broadcast on ITV 1 Thursdays at 20.30, 17 October – 5 December

Find out more on social media with #BritainsSecretTreasures


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About the Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a DCMS funded project to encourage the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales.

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What is Treasure? 
Reporting a find 



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From the blog

Red-figured wine bowl (volute-krater), attributed to the Baltimore Painter

Sir William Hamilton and the wreck of the HMS Colossus

5 December 2013

Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803), if remembered at all, is primarily known as the person who shared his second wife Emma with Admiral Lord Nelson in the late eighteenth century...

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Metal-detecting

‘When a find is recorded, it is truly discovered’: metal-detecting and its contribution to archaeology

28 November 2013

As the second series of Britain’s Secret Treasures broadcasts on ITV in the United Kingdom, it’s been amazing to see the reaction and level of interest. The first series averaged 3.5 million viewers per episode...

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Limoges enamelled plaque

Limoges enamelled plaque: a dazzling object

21 November 2013

Decorated with jewel-like enamelled colours and covered in gilding, this Limoges enamelled plaque found on the Isle of Wight, would have been a dazzling religious item for its original owner...

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Behind the scenes

Experts, presenters and crew filming at the British Museum for the new series

Behind the scenes filming Britain's Secret Treasures
Behind the scenes filming Britain's Secret Treasures
Behind the scenes filming Britain's Secret Treasures
Behind the scenes filming Britain's Secret Treasures
Behind the scenes filming Britain's Secret Treasures
Behind the scenes filming Britain's Secret Treasures
Behind the scenes filming Britain's Secret Treasures
Behind the scenes filming Britain's Secret Treasures
Behind the scenes filming Britain's Secret Treasures
Behind the scenes filming Britain's Secret Treasures