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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


Combs from Kemet: Egyptian hair ornaments in an African context

Saturday 2 March,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Free, booking advised

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

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Sally-Ann Ashton, Department of Antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum, discusses the rich variety of haircombs from the Museum's collection.

Although in everyday use throughout the Nile Valley, haircombs reflect the often changing culture and belief of inhabitants of the region over 4,000 years.

This illustrated talk will explore the iconography and imagery they depict.

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Wooden comb with two rows of teeth; central rectangular open-work panel depicting three human figures and a lion; decorated with annules on both sides.