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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

 

Follow the ancient Egyptians’ journey from
death to the afterlife in this once-in-a-lifetime
exhibition focusing on the Book of the Dead.


Scene from the Book of the Dead of Hunefer. Egypt, c. 1280 BC

Free exhibition app – upgrade now available

Should you die and find yourself in the ancient Egyptian netherworld, this app will help you negotiate the many dangers that await you as you try to attain eternal life. Now with extra content added.
Available from the App store

Play the puzzle game

Can you piece together these three fragments of papyrus from Hunefer's Book of the Dead?

Blog posts

A bit of afterlife admin?

Find out the questions the curators are still asking about
books of the dead.

What is a Book of the Dead?

John Taylor, Exhibition Curator, introduces the special
documents of the Egyptian afterlife.

Events programme

A varied programme of events exploring ancient
Egyptian life and death.

Press release

For exhibition press release
For further information or images please contact the
Press Office on 020 7323 8583 / 8394



Loan objects
The objects borrowed for the exhibition Journey through the afterlife: ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead (4 November 2010 – 6 March 2011) will be recommended for protection under Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (protection of cultural objects on loan).
For more information

 

Gilded cartonnage mummy mask

Image: Gilded cartonnage mummy mask

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