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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


A History of the World in 100 Objects

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Inspired by the groundbreaking BBC Radio 4 series, this book explores the fascinating stories of 100 objects.

A 100 part series by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, exploring world history from two million years ago to the present

A BBC/British Museum partnership.

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Ancient Egypt

Ancient Greece and Rome



Middle East

Themes, exhibitions and changing displays

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