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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


The Ark before Noah

Friday 4 April,

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A cuneiform tablet brought to the Museum by a member of the public for identification has turned out to be a major treasure.

Dating to about 1750 BC, it contains part of the ancient Babylonian Story of the Flood, including detailed instructions for building the life-saving Ark.

Hear Dr Irving Finkel, British Museum, reflect on this extraordinary document and the discoveries he has made that cast a new light on the Biblical story of Noah.

Copies of Irving’s The Ark before Noah will be on sale after the talk.

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(c) David Randall Goddard