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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


Drawing nature 20,000–10,000 years ago

Saturday 13 April,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre

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Exhibition Curator Jill Cook reveals the accomplishments of Ice Age artists.

The ability to draw is the basic skill for all forms of representational art. Although the masterpieces of Ice Age painting and sculpture are relatively well known, drawings engraved on bone, antler and ivory have received less attention.

The lecture will look at the content, composition, production and possible intention of some of the oldest masterpieces of figurative drawing and pattern making.

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Reindeer engraved on bone. Found at La Madeleine, France, about 13,000 years old.