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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


Online tours: Americas

Annuraaq: clothing in the Arctic

Traditional skin clothing of Native peoples: 'This is because I am a real Inuit. I do not consider textiles warm clothing.' (Niomi Panikpakuttuk, 1996)

Kayak clothing from Greenland

A field collection of kayak clothing as it is made and used by kayak clubs in Greenland today.

Native North America: The Stonyhurst Collection

This tour introduces Native North American art and culture and features some of the highlights of the Stonyhurst collection, acquired by the British Museum in 2003.

Unknown Amazon

A look at the art and culture of the peoples of the Amazonian rain forest and their deep spiritual connection with the land.