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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


Excavating the ancient sewers of Herculaneum

Saturday 4 May,

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Mark Robinson, School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford, presents the finds of food, remains from the faeces and other waste in the sewers of Herculaneum

The lecture will discuss what this preserved organic matter can tell us about the lifestyle of those living in the town in AD 79.

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Portrait of baker Terentius Neo and his wife. Pompeii, AD 55–79. © DeAgostini/SuperStock.