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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


Post-medieval small finds and their contribution to our understanding of the past
Portable Antiquities Scheme and Finds Research Group conference

Monday 21 October,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Tickets £15
Members/Concessions £15
£10 for members of the Finds Research Group

Booking: Janina Parol on 020 7323 8546 or jparol@britishmuseum.org

Recommend this event

Once given little consideration by most archaeologists, post-medieval material was the ‘stuff machined through’ to get to the ‘interesting layers’ below.

However, thanks to changing attitudes among archaeologists and also a growing dataset of finds recovered by metal-detectorists and others now being recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, there is increasing awareness of the importance of post-medieval finds for understanding the past.

Speakers will include Gary Bankhead, Laura Burnett, Stuart Campbell, Helen Geake, Kevin Leahy, Michael Lewis, Brian Read and Ian Richardson.

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