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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


Figurines in ancient China: from prehistory to the First Emperor

Thursday 6 March,

Free, booking essential

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

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In this lecture Sascha Priewe, British Museum, discusses the evidence for a figurine tradition in ancient China.

Beginning with examples from the Neolithic period and the Bronze Age, in which bronze, jade and ceramic figurines often depict imaginary creatures, he will also look at funerary figurines and their most prominent example, the First Emperor’s terracotta army.

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