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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


Guardian debate
Colombia's resources: blessing or curse?

Thursday 13 February,

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From gold and oil to coca and coffee plantations, Colombia’s natural resources have been the basis of its prosperity as well as the cause of the country’s political challenges.

What are the lessons from Colombia’s history and what might the future hold?

Chaired by Jon Snow, Channel 4 News, and introduced by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum.

The panellists include Cristina Fuentes de la Rocha, founder and Director of Hay Festival Cartagena, Dr Isabel Ruiz, economist, University of Oxford, Hernando Alvarez, Head BBC Mundo, and Dr Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Senior Lecturer in Law at Birkbeck, University of London, and author of What if Latin America Ruled the World? Further speakers to be confirmed.

19.00 doors open for private view of the exhibition Beyond El Dorado: power and gold in ancient Colombia (in Room 35).

20.00 to 21.30 forum in BP Lecture Theatre.

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Anthropomorphic pectoral, Colombia, Popayan/ Late Cauca, AD 900–1600.