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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


Gallery talk
Iconography and composition of Sande society masks

Friday 22 February,
Room 25
Free, just drop in

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A gallery talk by Marei Hacke and Valerie Steele, Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, and Julie Hudson, Department of Africa Oceania and the Americas.

Gallery talks last 45 minutes.

They are given by Museum staff or guest speakers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge.

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