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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

 

Surviving journeys
Rare water container made of seaweed

Tasmania enjoys a wetter and more temperate climate than mainland Australia. While there are fewer species than on the mainland, the coastal areas have many types of seabirds, a rich food resource. These were supplemented with seafood and plant foods including fruits, providing a comfortable lifestyle for the nine indigenous groups living on Tasmania and surrounding islands. They did not need to carry food with them on long journeys, sometimes from island to island, but fresh water was carried in bull kelp containers like this model.

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Surviving journeys- Rare water container made of seaweed

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Introducing the Australian season

A season focusing on Australian biodiversity, modern prints and beautifully handcrafted baskets.

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Building the Australian landscape

Watch a timelapse video recording the creation of the landscape over the course of three weeks in March and April 2011.
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Introducing the Australian landscape

The fourth landscape on the Museum's forecourt created in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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Walkabout trail

This ‘walkabout’ trail features Australian
objects in the Museum’s collection.

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