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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


Unwrapping the Past: Ancient Worlds Gallery

Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro 

Long-term loan

Recommend this exhibition

This now permanent new gallery showcases what it was like to live in Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome and features objects on loan from the British Museum as well as those from the collections of the Royal Institution of Cornwall.

The mummified remains of Iset-tayef-nakht – an Egyptian priest, craftsman, husband and father who lived more than 2500 years ago – have long been the museum’s most popular exhibit and are displayed alongside a statue of Sekhmet, the Lion Goddess, and bronze figurines of Hermes and Cerberus.


Galleries in the British Museum

List of galleries 

Head and upper torso of a granodiorite statue of Sekhmet.