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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


Art and the arrival of the modern brain

Friday 15 March,

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A lecture exploring art and the arrival of the modern brain.

In creating the works on display in the exhibition Ice Age art, artists from the Ice Age were attempting to find a visual language for how the modern human brain looks at the world – something artists have done ever since.

Semir Zeki, Professor of Neuroesthetics at University College London, and Professor Clive Gamble, University of Southampton and British Museum Trustee, explore the origins of this process and address the question of whether the modern brain appeared long before the first art or whether they arrived at the same time.

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Where are you from? by Luis Carlos Torres. MRI brain scan. © Luis Carlos Torres.