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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


Exhibition overview

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

Weighing of the heart by Anubis, detail from the Book of the Dead of Ani. Egypt, c. 1275 BC

The ‘Book’ was not a single text but a compilation of spells designed to guide the deceased through the dangers of the underworld, ultimately ensuring
eternal life.

Many of the examples of the Book of the Dead in the exhibition have never been seen before, and many are from the British Museum’s unparalleled collection. These beautifully illustrated spells on papyrus and linen were used for over 1,000 years, and the oldest examples are over 3,500 years old.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these fascinating and fragile objects on display.

In addition to the unique works on papyrus and linen, superbly crafted funerary figurines (shabtis), amulets, jewellery, statues and coffins illustrate the many stages of the journey from death to the afterlife, including the day of burial, protection in the tomb, judgement, and entering the hereafter.

Digital media and recent research will be used to interactively interpret the Book of the Dead and complete scrolls will be reassembled and presented
in their original form for the first time.

Journey with the Book of the Dead to discover the important mythical and spiritual ideas of ancient Egyptian life and death.

Image: Weighing of the heart by Anubis, detail from the Book of the Dead of Ani. Egypt, c. 1275 BC

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