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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
Beyond the empire: Egyptian connections with Jordan in the first millennium BC

Thursday 4 April,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Free, just drop in

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Jonathan Tubb, British Museum, considers evidence of the Egyptian occupation of Tell es-Sa’idiyeh, ancient Zarethan, in the Jordan Valley.

Tell es-Sa'idiyeh was taken into Egyptian control as part of its Asiatic Empire in the 12th and 13th centuries BC. A remarkable series of public buildings has been uncovered, all built using Egyptian construction methods. This lecture considers manifestations of the Egyptian legacy when the site was re-occupied on two separate occasions several centuries after the fall of the empire.

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Excavations at Tell es-Sa’idiyeh.