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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


Ice Age art
arrival of
the modern

Now until 2 June 2013
Advance tickets sold out

Limited walk-up tickets available on the day

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  • Spear thrower made from reindeer antler, sculpted as a mammoth. Found in the rock shelter of Montastruc, France. Approximately 13,000–14,000 years old

  • Tip of a mammoth tusk carved as two reindeer depicted one behind the other. Approximately 13,000 years old, from Montastruc, France

  • Female figure sculpted from steatite. Found at Grimaldi, Italy, thought to be about 20,000 years old

    Musée d'archéologie nationale © Photo RMN/Jean-Gilles Berizzi

  • The oldest puppet or doll: an articulated figure made of mammoth ivory

    On loan from Moravian Museum, Anthropos Institute

  • Fragment of decorated reindeer metatarsal (bone) engraved on the obverse surface with two reindeer. From Madeleine, France

  • Bison sculpted from mammoth ivory. Found at Zaraysk, Russia. About 20,000 years old

    The Zaraysk Kremlin Museum, Zaraysk, Russian Federation

  • Modelled figure of a mature woman from Dolni Vestonice, the oldest ceramic figure in the world

    On loan from Moravian Museum, Anthropos Institute

  • The oldest known portrait of a woman sculpted from mammoth ivory found at Dolní Vestonice, Moravia, Czech Republic. approximately 26,000 years old

    Moravian Museum, Anthropos Institute