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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


A unique discovery: Chauvet Cave's Ice Age art

Friday 5 April,

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Professor Jean Clottes, discusses the extensive research carried out at Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave in southern France.

Discovered in 1994, the Chauvet Cave contains art made 36,000 years ago, and is a remarkable discovery for both its quality and condition.

Professor Clottes, former director of prehistoric antiquities for the Midi-Pyrénées region of France, discusses interpretations of the site and summarises what it tells us about our ancestors' artistic practices.

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