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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


Money in Africa

Edited by Catherine Eagleton, Harcourt Fuller and John Perkins

British Museum Research Publication 171
ISBN 978 086159 171 8
© The Trustees of the British Museum 2009

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Cowrie shells

Four cowrie shells given to the explorer Mungoi Park, by Mansong Diara, ruler of Bambara West Africa, in 1796