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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

 

Australia LandscapeKew at the
British Museum

21 April – 16 October 2011

Museum forecourt
Free
 

Part of the Australian season

Supported by

Some highlights of the landscape

WattleAcacia baileyana and A. dealbata

Produces abundant pollen and is used as a bee plant in the production of honey.
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Evergreen kangaroo pawAnigozanthos flavidus

Young rhizomes of this plant are consumed by Indigenous Australians.
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Coast banksia Banksia integrifolia

Specimens of coast banksia were collected on Captain Cook’s circumnavigation of the globe in the Endeavour in 1768–1771.
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Australian tree fernDicksonia antarctica

Indigenous Australians ate the pith of this fern raw, or roasted it over ashes.
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Tasmanian blue gumEucalyptus globulus

This species is the floral emblem of Tasmania.
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Tea treeMelaleuca alternifolia

Traditionally, Indigenous Australians used crushed tea tree leaves to treat skin infections.
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Sturt’s desert peaSwainsona formosa

Named after Charles Sturt – a 19th century explorer who searched in vain for an inland Australian sea.
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Wollemi pineWollemia nobilis

The oldest Wollemi pine alive today is around 1000 years old.
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BalgaXanthorrhoea preissii

These plants are resistant to fire.
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