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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


Organised with Museo del Oro

17 October 2013 – 23 March 2014

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Julius Baer is proud to partner with the British Museum to present Beyond El Dorado: power and gold in ancient Colombia. The leading private banking group in Switzerland, which will incorporate a large footprint in the UK, has a long-standing tradition of supporting the arts. Julius Baer values the opportunity to share in such a significant cross-cultural experience and to underline its commitment by helping to bring the exhibition to the UK.

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