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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


Study day
Ice Age art

Saturday 23 February,

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Six of the world’s leading experts present lectures on Ice Age Europe.

The lectures will present the latest research on the cave paintings, sculptures and ornamentation of Ice Age Europe.

Speakers are Jill Cook, Andrew Lawson, Carole Fritz, Jiří Svoboda, Randy White and Nick Conard.

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