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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

 

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Animals

Animals

Explore the complex relationship between humans and animals as it is reflected in the British Museum collection.

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Entertainment

Entertainment

From chariot-racing to the ancient Olympics, discover entertainment in history through the Museum collection.

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Farming

Farming

For thousands of years, people have sought to harness the power of animals to make our own lives easier.

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Hajj
 

Hajj

Explore in depth the most spiritual event a Muslim experiences, the pilgrimmage to Mecca.

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Leaders and rulers
 

Leaders and rulers

Discover the lives and legacies of some of history's most renowned leaders and rulers.

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Lost Kingdoms of South America

Quipu

Discover the stories of four different pre-Incan cultures and the different pathways they took to social complexity.

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Money
 

Money

Discover 4,000 years of money, from coins to banknotes, shells to mobile phones.

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Same-sex desire and gender identity

Russian Icons in the British Museum

The collection allows us to look at the diversity of human desire and gender throughout history.

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Sport
 

Cup showing athletics (Greece, 470–460 BC)

The ancient Olympics were held every four years from 776 BC to 393 BC at Olympia in Greece.

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Time
 

Time

What is time? How do we measure it? What does it mean to us? Explore the different ways we perceive time through objects in the British Museum collection.

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Trade

Trade

One of the most important international trade links to have existed was the long-distance land route between the Middle East and China, known as the Silk Road.

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Travel

Travel

We can chart the history of human development with the history of how people have developed means of travelling, be it short or long distances.

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Writing

Roman Republican Coins

The British Museum collection includes thousands of objects with writing on them: a library of humanity’s memories.

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