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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: Crossroads of the Ancient World

Surviving treasures from the National Museum of Afghanistan

3 March – 17 July 2011Open late Fridays

Supported by
 Bank of America Merrill Lynch

 

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Videos about the exhibition

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Watch the crown being installed

A gold crown found in the tomb of a nomadic woman is one of the first treasures to be put on display.

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Returning ivories

The Greek legacy

Hidden treasures

Opening ceremony

Installing the crown

Treasures uncovered

Glass blowing