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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 ivories video

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Returning ivories

The remarkable story of conservation and repatriation of the Begram Ivories. Excavated in the 1930s, the ivories were part of the collection of the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul but went missing during the unrest in Afghanistan. They re-emerged in 2010 and have been conserved at the British Museum. The ivories will soon be returned to the National Museum of Afghanistan.


Film clips courtesy National Geographic, AFGHANISTAN: Hidden Treasures © 2008 NGHT, Inc.
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Returning ivories

The Greek legacy

Hidden treasures

Opening ceremony

Installing the crown

Treasures uncovered

Glass blowing