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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


Calcite-alabaster statue of a seated woman

Calcite statue of seated woman

Height: 59.500 cm
Width: 29.400 cm (shoulder)

ME 134694

This statue may have been a memorial of a deceased Sabaean woman or it could have been a dedication to the temple to secure favours from the gods.

The figure is seated with her hair braided in a plait down her back. She is wearing a full-length garment and the hands were originally outstretched in an attitude of offering but they were broken off in antiquity. The pupils were originally inlaid.