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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: Egypt

Cleopatra of Egypt: from history to myth

A brief history of Cleopatra's life illustrated by objects from the exhibition at the British Museum.

Egypt in the Old Kingdom

Ancient Egypt in the time of the pyramids: artefacts from the British Museum's collections.

Mummy: The Inside Story

New 3D technology is used to explore the mummy of Nesperennub, a priest who lived at Karnak around 800 BC.