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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
Zoom in: a closer look at science

Saturday 23 March,
Great Court
Free, just drop in

Recommend this event

Come and meet the Museum’s scientists and conservators and discover how science unlocks the secrets behind the Museum’s collection.

Learn about the techniques used to monitor and preserve the collection, handle different raw materials and see the latest behind-the-scenes technology in action.

Part of National Science and Engineering Week 2013.

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