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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


Treasures of Tutankhamun

30 March – 30 December 1972

Exhibition closed


Sponsored by The Times and The Sunday Times newspapers

The Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibition is the most popular exhibition in the Museum’s history.

Opened on 30 March 1972 by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, the exhibition coincided with the 50th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Over 1,650,000 visitors came to see the objects on loan from Egypt.

In total, 50 objects were exhibited in Treasures of Tutankhamun, one for every year since the discovery of the tomb. The star object was the famous gold mask from the head of the king’s mummy.

Cover of the catalogue accompanying the exhibition Treasures of Tutankhamun

Cover of the catalogue accompanying the exhibition Treasures of Tutankhamun.