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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 power of gold

Friday 29 November,

Tickets £5
Members £3

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court

Recommend this event

This event explores the universal value of gold as recognised by different cultures across different times.

The discussion will be chaired by Lissant Bolton, British Museum, who is joined by Hazel Forsyth, curator of The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels at the Museum of London, Fiona Sheales, University of East Anglia, and Susan La Niece, British Museum.

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