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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

 

1 hour at the British Museum

If you are short of time, visit these objects for an insight into the variety of the Museum's collection.

These objects are also on the Multimedia Guide, available from the Great Court.
About the Multimedia Guide 

Please note that certain galleries may be closed for renovation or objects may be off display. Please ask gallery staff for further information.
Temporary gallery closures