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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 Berber-Abidiya archaeological project

Project leader

Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan 

Partners

  • Dr Salah eldin Mohamed Ahmed, Director of Field Work, National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums, Sudan

Supported by
 

Institute for Bioarchaeology National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums, Sudan
  • Archeology4All
  • Institute for Bioarchaeology
  • Michela Schiff Giorgini Foundation of the
    United States
  • National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums, Sudan
  • Anonymous donor

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The site: kiosk

A processional way led from the gate into the temenos enclosure through a kiosk or barque station up to the temple’s main pylon entrance. The kiosk would have served as a rest station for the god when he left the temple in his sacred barque during festivals and processions.

The rectangular kiosk had a sandstone flagstone floor and was built of engaged columns connected by screen walls. Numerous fragments of painted lime plaster were recovered during excavation. This enabled much of the structure’s original appearance to be reconstructed.

A cornice decorated with alternating candy stripes of red and blue enclosed within yellow borders crowned the structure while the walls were yellow accented by red and blue stripes and the columns were blue. Like the temple, this was a brightly decorated structure that would have stood out in striking contrast to its surroundings.

Brightly painted cornice from the kiosk roof
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    Brightly painted cornice from the kiosk roof

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    Kiosk under excavation