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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
Heritage smells! Decoding the smell of historical objects

Saturday 23 March,
Great Court
Free, just drop in

Recommend this event

The Heritage Smells! project uses the smells of historical objects to uncover their past.

The project involves scientists and conservators from the British Museum, the University of Strathclyde, University College London, the National Records of Scotland, English Heritage and the British Library.

During this event, they will share some of the results of this ongoing research through demonstrations and presentations.

Part of National Science and Engineering Week 2013.

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Detail of the turquoise mosaic mask of Tezcatlipoca. Mexica/Mixtec. From Mexico, 15th–16th century AD.