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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: Africa

Africa '05

A diverse range of objects from or inspired by Africa, highlighting the continent's importance in world history and culture.

An Africa garden

A tour of the sculptures included in the Africa Garden, created on the forecourt of the British Museum by the BBC's Ground Force team.

Sudan Past and Present: Early cultures to the Arrival of Christianity

Sudan's history and material culture is explored through a variety of objects dating from ancient times to the arrival of Christianity.

Sudan Past and Present: From the Islamic Period to the Modern World

Sudan's history and material culture is explored through a variety of objects dating from the Islamic period to the present day.


Views from Africa

Objects that reveal Europe's impact on African culture over time, as perceived by Africans.

The wealth of Africa

A look at 4,000 years of African money and its links with history and identity.