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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


Julia Farley

Curator of European Iron Age Collections
Britain, Europe and Prehistory


Julia Farley is responsible for the European Iron Age collections. She has a particular interest in Late Iron Age metalwork and metalworking technologies, and recently co-ordinated the scientific analysis of silver objects from the Iron Age shrine at Hallaton in East Leicestershire.

Her other research interests include Iron Age ritual and depositional practices, and the colonial encounter between communities in Iron Age Britain and the Roman world.

Julia recently completed her PhD thesis at the University of Leicester.


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Recent publications

J. Farley, ‘Analysis of silver and other metal objects’. In Hoards, Hounds and Helmets: A Conquest Period Ritual site at Hallaton, Leicestershire, ed. V. Score (Leicester: Leicester Archaeological Monograph 21, 2012) 88-99.

J. Farley, ‘Transformations of Scale: The deposition of miniature weaponry in Iron Age Lincolnshire’, Pallas: Revue d’Études Antiques, 86 (2011) 97-121