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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

Afghanistan: glass fish video

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Glass blowing

Glass blowing was invented around 50 BC and revolutionised the production of glass vessels.

Watch Bill Gudenrath, a glass specialist at the Corning Museum of Glass in New Yorm, make a copy of one of the fish-shaped vessels found at Begram, Afghanistan.

This is the first time anyone has tried to replicate it.

See all videos about the exhibition

Returning ivories

The Greek legacy

Hidden treasures

Opening ceremony

Installing the crown

Treasures uncovered

Glass blowing