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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


Digital workshop
Create a Mayan comic

Saturday 5 January,
Samsung Centre
Free, limited places

Sponsored by Samsung

Recommend this event

Transform an exciting story from ancient Mexico into a comic strip using pictures from the Museum.

Print out your colourful comic to take home.

Age: 7+

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A Mayan comic created in the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre