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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


Forgotten Empire:
the world of Ancient Persia

9 September 2005 – 8 January 2006

Exhibition closed

Room 5

Supported by BP

Forgotten Empire: the world of Ancient Persia brings together rare treasures to recreate the glory of the Persian Empire under the Achaemenid Great Kings, from 550–330 BC.

The exhibition explores their rule; the magnificence of the royal palaces at Persepolis; the wealth of the Empire’s art and architecture; and the legacy of the Great Kings after the conquest of their empire by Alexander of Macedon.

This exhibition displayed 321 objects and was seen by over 154,000 visitors.

Gold model chariot

Gold model chariot from the Oxus treasure. Region of Takht-i Kuwad, Tadjikistan, Achaemenid Persian, 5th-4th century BC.