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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


Buried Treasures Unearthed

© 2003 Portable Antiquities Scheme

One of the torcs

One way that we can learn about the past is from the objects that are are buried beneath our feet. These range from small, apparently humble objects, to wonderful treasures made of gold and silver. Once discovered, each of these items helps us to reveal stories about life in the past.

In this tour you can find out about some of the spectacular finds from England and Wales that were brought together in the exhibition Buried treasure: Finding our past. Some of these were found as a result of deliberate archaeological excavation, but most were found quite by chance by members of the public. Each has helped us to understand more about our past.

Buried treasure: Finding our past was on display at the British Museum from 21 November 2003 until 14 March 2004. It was a collaboration between the British Museum, the National Museums and Galleries of Wales, Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, the Manchester Museum and Tyne and Wear Museums. The exhibition went on tour to each of the partners. It was sponsored by Anglo American plc.