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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


Access event
An audience with the curator – exhibition handling event for visually impaired audiences

Friday 26 April,
Information Desk
Free, booking essential

Recommend this event

An Ice Age art handling session for visually impaired people with Exhibition Curator Jill Cook and Access and Equality Manager Jane Samuels.

Meet at the Information Desk in the Great Court.

Booking Information

Please book via +44 (0)20 7323 8506 or jsamuels@britishmuseum.org

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Female figure sculpted from steatite. Found at Grimaldi, Italy, about 20,000 years old. Musée d'Archéologie nationale. © Photo RMN/Jean-Gilles Berizzi