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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

 

At home with the Neanderthals: excavations at la Cotte de St Brelade, Jersey

UCL lunch hour lecture on tour at the British Museum. Dr Matt Pope, UCL Institute of Archaeology.

The Neanderthals represent an incredibly successful and distinctive experiment in being human. They evolved as a separate human lineage over half a million years before apparently disappearing around 40,000 years ago.

During this period they occupied large parts of Europe and Western Asia, developed sophisticated tools, mastered fire and engaged in the hunting of large mammals across a variety of different environments.
La Cotte de St Brelade, on the Channel Island of Jersey, is one of the best sites in the world for understanding Neanderthals and their achievements.

In this lecture Matt Pope will report on new work being carried out on this mega-site and will consider the evolution and ultimate fate of our closest evolutionary relative.

This event took place on 7 June 2012.

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