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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


Middle East Department/Palestine Exploration Fund lecture
Divine sight, divine justice, and eye-stones in the archaeological record and in the Hebrew Bible

Thursday 7 March,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Free, just drop in

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Diana Edelman, University of Chicago, discusses eye-shaped stones which were part of Mesopotamian culture for two thousand years.

In the Hebrew Bible, sight is an integral part of human and divine justice. A number of passages refer to God’s eyes and assume that the Deity sees what transpires on earth in the light of day and is able to dispense justice accordingly.

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Agate eye-stone dedicated to Nergal by Nebuchadnezzar II. From Mesopotamia, Late Babylonian, 604–562 BC.