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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


Copper, crises and the birth of kings: what happened in the early Iron Age?

Thursday 6 March,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court

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Join Bruce Routledge, from the University of Liverpool at the British Museum.

Routledge will show how new radiocarbon dates from archaeological sites in Jordan, Israel and Palestine suggest widespread social and economic changes across the southern Levant early in the 10th century BC.

These changes suggest an interesting new narrative of how and why kingdoms emerged in this region at end of the early Iron Age.

This lecture is jointly organised by the British Museum, Palestine Exploration Fund and Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society.

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View from a Moabite Ruin looking across the site to the Tranjordanian Plateau. Courtesy Bruce Routledge.