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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


Lost Kingdoms of South America: Lands of Gold

Friday 6 December,

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Jago Cooper, British Museum curator and presenter of this film, introduces this documentary screening, in which he travels across Colombia in search of the truth behind the legend of El Dorado.

Through this journey Jago reveals the history of cultures that flourished before the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century.

Director: Martin Kemp

UK, 2013, 60 mins

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