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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


Group tour

Room 4 
£9 per person, minimum £135
(max 20 people per tour)

Recommend this tour

Be amazed by the world of ancient Egypt through monumental stone sculpture, including the colossal statue of Ramesses II.

Discover specific areas of the British Museum's remarkable collection.

Allow 1 hour for the tour and an extra hour if group lunch is required.

To book, email groups@britishmuseum.org.
Please book at least two weeks in advance.

Other group tours

Statue of Ramesses II, the 'Younger Memnon'

Statue of Ramesses II, the 'Younger Memnon'. From the Ramesseum, Thebes, Egypt, 19th Dynasty, about 1250 BC