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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


Tales of deep history: creative writing workshop

Sunday 24 March,
Sackler Rooms
Tickets £35
Members/Concessions £25
Price includes entry to exhibition

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

In collaboration with Spread the Word

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Join author Bernardine Evaristo for this creative writing workshop in which you’ll bring your imagination to bear on an Ice Age art object.

Ice Age art provokes many questions about how our ancestors lived together and shared their experiences. Archaeologists are left to piece together the clues of why these pieces were made and what they might have been used for.

Collapse the distance of thousands of years to take up this opportunity for creative speculation.

Suitable for all levels.

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Joseph Hecht (1891–1951), Grand bison. Engraving, 1934.