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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


School spotlight talk
Looking at Greek myths

Friday 18 October,
10.30–11.15 & 12.00–12.45
Clore Centre for Education
Tickets £1

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

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For Key Stage 2 students.

Your students join with students from other schools in one of the Museum’s lecture theatres for this fast-paced talk session, where one of the schools team will use pictures from Greek pots to show your students how to tell the difference between Heracles, Athena and Hermes, how to tell a story using pictures, and how to tell what is going on in the pictures.

Cancellation and no-show charges apply.See full terms and conditions

Maximum group size: 120

Age: Key Stage 2

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Red-figured hydria (pottery water jug), depicting a Gorgon. Found in Tarquinia, Lazio, Italy. Made in Attica, Greece c.490 BC.