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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


Arab Navigation
MBI AL Jaber Foundation Lecture

Saturday 27 July,

Free, booking essential

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

Recommend this event

This lecture will describe the techniques developed by Arab navigators for finding their way across great open stretches of the Indian Ocean.

Arab sailors relied on their intimate knowledge of the behaviour of familiar star patterns in the rotating night sky to guide them to their destinations.

The well-recorded details of their specialised navigational methods will be described and many of them will be shown to be closely related to the methods that became standard practice throughout the globe.

For more information about MBI AL Jaber Foundation, please visit www.mbifoundation.com

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