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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

 
Excavation at Amara West

Amara West is an ancient town in northern Sudan, the administrative capital of Upper Nubia, known as Kush, occupied by pharaonic Egypt between 1500 and 1070 BC. Each year a team of specialists excavates at the town, revealing ancient buildings and recovering objects.

This project aims to provide new insights into what life was like for the ancient inhabitants through further study and scientific analysis, helping us to learn about where the inhabitants came from, what food they cooked and ate, their health, and the craft activities that took place in their houses.


Excavation

Each year, a team of archaeologists, scientists, physical anthropologists and other experts undertakes an excavation season at Amara West.

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Previous excavation seasons: 2011-12

Amara West 2012: the first glimpses of ancient living conditions and health

13 December 2012

Michaela Binder, Durham University

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