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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


Tutankhamun's tomb

30 March – 30 December 1972

Exhibition closed


Sponsored by The Times and The Sunday Times newspapers

Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered in November 1922 by the archaeologists Howard Carter and the fifth Earl of Carnarvon.

The discovery was an important archaeological event. Tutankhamun's tomb is the the only tomb dating from Egypt’s New Kingdom (c1550–1069 BC) to have been found substantially intact. The contents provide an unequalled insight into royal funerary practices, art and craftsmanship of the period.

All of the items found inside the tomb are now in the Cairo and Luxor museums in Egypt, while Carter’s excavation records are kept in the Griffith Institute, Oxford.

The antechamber of the tomb of Tutankhamun

The antechamber of the tomb of Tutankhamun as first seen by the excavators © Griffith Institute.