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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


Special event
The Big Draw 2013: Golden images

Saturday 26 October,
British Museum
Free, just drop in

Recommend this event

The Big Draw is for everyone of all ages – children and adults, beginners to professional artists.

Join drawing workshops, take inspiration from Museum objects and learn to see them in a new way.

Materials supplied.

The day's theme links to golden objects and the exhibition Beyond El Dorado: power and gold in ancient Colombia.


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