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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


All supporters


Film credits


Full credits for the film AFGHANISTAN: Hidden Treasures © 2008 NGHT, Inc.

Clips from this film have been used in the British Museum videos about the exhibition.


Executive Producer
Kathryn Keane

Maggie Burnette Stogner
Blue Bear Films

Anne Goetz

Reuben Aaronson
Larry Engel

Sound Recordist
Aaron Webster

Archive Consultant
Cheryl Zook

Original Music
Williams . Biondo 

Pixeldust Studios

Post Production
Interface Media Group


Stock Footage and Images
AP Archive
The Art Archive/Musée Archeologique Naples
Alfredo Dagli Orti
BBC Motion Gallery
Boucicant Master and Workshop
The Bridgeman Art Library/Getty Images
Delegation Archeologique Francaise en Afghanistan/DAFA
DAFA/Peter Jurie
Eclectic Productions
Feature Story News/Archive Films/Getty Images
Free Spirit Films
ITN Source
Kenneth Garrett
Musée Guimet/DAFA  
Musée Guimet/Thierry Ollivier
Musée Guimet/Pierre Hamelin
National Geographic Television
National Geographic Image Collection
Viktor Sarianidi