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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 story of the 1939 Sutton Hoo excavation: Britain's Tutankhamun?

Friday 25 July,

Tickets £5
Members/Concessions £3

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

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John Preston's aunt found the first gold discovered at Sutton Hoo. In this talk, he describes the remarkable story behind the excavation and how it prompted him to write his novel The Dig. The remarkable treasures from Sutton Hoo transformed our understanding of the Anglo-Saxon world and they are now on display in the Museum's newly refurbished Room 41.

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