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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

 

Sudanese Bronze Helmet


© 2004 Photographer Rocco Ricci copyright The British Museum

Sudanese bronze helmet

Chainmail tunic

Chainmail tunic

Sword

Sword


'The object that we looked at is a called a Sudanese helmet. It is made out of bronze and belonged to a rich warrior. It was made in the 19th century, the height is 35cm and it is decorated with Arabic writing. Only a Muslim wore it because in the picture we saw near the display there was a group of Muslims wearing similar armour and fighting.'

With thanks to the following for their help and support in organizing and facilitating the workshop:
Kobina Graham
Kamlah Kew
Lisa Anderson
Khabab Osman
Charmaine Stanislaus
Bashir Ahmed
Folah Odumosu
Eyman Osman
Thabo Ayik