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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 18 and others 
£9 per person, minimum £135
(max 20 people per tour)

Recommend this tour

Explore highlights from the Classical Greek world, including statues, painted pottery and the world-famous Parthenon frieze.

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

parthenon sculpture

Parthenon sculpture: Centaur and Lapith, The Acropolis, Athens, Greece, around 440 BC