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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


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Extended until 12 July 2015

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Schools can book in alongside the general public for teacher-led visits throughout the run of the exhibition, subject to ticket availability.


Schools resources

Two image bank documents are available for teachers. You can download these files below:

Image bank: mummies 

Image bank: objects 

You can download a primary teachers' guide below:

Primary teachers' guide

Mummy of a priestess named Tayesmutengebtiu in a painted case. From Thebes, Egypt, 22nd Dynasty, c. 900 BC

Mummy of a priest’s daughter named Tamut in a painted case. From Thebes, Egypt, 22nd Dynasty, c. 900 BC.

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