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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


Easter activity
Mammoths, reindeer and lions: Ice Age animals

Monday 8 April,
Tuesday 9 April,
Wednesday 10 April,
Thursday 11 April,
Friday 12 April,
Great Court
Free, just drop in

Recommend this event

Come to the Museum for a week of activities exploring Ice Age art.

Find out about the techniques used by early artists to create colourful wall images and exquisite hand-held sculptures. You can also watch modern artists at work and have a go at a bit of Ice Age art yourself.

Suitable for all ages.

Ice Age art (Mon-Fri)

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Spear thrower made from reindeer antler, sculpted as a mammoth. Found in the rock shelter of Montastruc, France, c. 13,000–14,000 years old.