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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


Archaeological illustration workshop

Friday 15 February,
Room 2

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Discover how to extract meaning and shape from intricate Ice Age objects.

A workshop with British Museum illustrators Craig Williams and Stephen Crummy. Using casts of objects over 10,000 years old, learn close drawing techniques which can help reveal the methods used by Ice Age artists.

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Female figure sculpted from steatite. Found at Grimaldi, Italy, about 20,000 years old. Musée d'Archéologie nationale. © Photo RMN/Jean-Gilles Berizzi