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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

 

The Caribbean
before Columbus:
Taíno Icons in the British Museum

3 May – 17 June 2007
Free

Exhibition closed

Room 3

Part of Atlantic Trade and Identity season

The Asahi Shimbun Displays
Objects in focus

Supported by

This exhibition introduces a selection of rare objects sculpted in wood by Taíno artisans.

Taíno people were the original inhabitants of much of the Caribbean. Taíno culture (AD 1000–1520) predates the voyages of Columbus by several hundred years.

The Caribbean before Columbus: Taíno Icons in the British Museum offers a glimpse into a vibrant society that was nearly completely eclipsed by European contact and its aftermath.

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Caribbean before Columbus

Male figure (deity?). Wood. Taino.