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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


Seeking the spiritual: Ice Age image-makers

Friday 5 April,

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A lecture on the suggestion that the making of late Ice Age cave art was in some ways akin to shamanistic rituals.

Both a misunderstood and hotly debated topic, David Lewis-Williams, Professor Emeritus, Rock Art Research Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, considers why people crawled deep underground to make images and what they might have experienced.

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Female figure sculpted from steatite. Found at Grimaldi, Italy, about 20,000 years old. Musée d'Archéologie nationale. © Photo RMN/Jean-Gilles Berizzi