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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


Afghanistan: history
of a land of culture
and anarchy

Friday 10 June

A lecture at the British Museum with Bijan Omrani, independent speaker.

Afghan history is a morass of empires and dynasties, conquest and collapse, creativity
and decay.

Bijan Omrani, author of Afghanistan: A Companion and Guide, unravels the past of this turbulent land at the heart of Asia, and traces its story from ancient times to the modern era.



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