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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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The Kingdom of Benin was founded about 1000 years ago, and was situated in the south-west of Nigeria in Africa.

Benin grew in power and wealth during the 15th and 16th centuries. The British Museum has a number of objects from this time, including some of the plaques which decorated the royal palace, home to the oba (ruler) of Benin.

This resource helps teachers plan a visit to the Benin section of the Africa gallery, and includes activities for before, during and after a visit.


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Image: Benin plaque: the oba with Europeans. Benin, Nigeria, Edo peoples, 16th century AD.