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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


The Indian Ocean at the time of Zheng He

Friday 14 November,

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Zheng He (1371–1433) is a crucial character in the early Ming period.

Between 1405 and 1433 he led seven official missions from China to kingdoms around the Indian Ocean, from Southeast Asia to East Africa. In this lecture, Paul Lunde, Associate of Civilizations in Contact, University of Cambridge, paints a picture of the hugely varied cultures Zheng He encountered during these voyages.

Please note that the original speaker, Elizabeth Lambourn, De Montfort University, Leicester, is no longer able to present this lecture due to unforeseen personal circumstances.

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