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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


Gallery talk
The Piranesi Vase: fact or fiction?

Thursday 7 February,
Room 1
Free, just drop in

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A gallery talk by Hilary Williams, Department of Learning, Volunteers and Audiences.

Gallery talks last 45 minutes.

They are given by Museum staff or guest speakers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge.

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The Piranesi Vase; marble crater on three legs and triangular base; relief decoration including satyrs; modern assemblage incorporating ancient elements