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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
Awesome Aztecs!

Saturday 19 January,
British Museum
Tickets £12
Guests £15, adults free

+44 (0)20 7323 8195

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Find out more about the objects and beliefs of the Aztecs in this event for Young Friends.

Take part in a musical workshop and create your own keepsakes based on the Aztec mosaics on display in the Mexican Gallery (Room 27). The event will take place in the Clore Education Centre.

Please bring your own snacks.

Age: 8–15

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