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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


Vesuvius: a volcano, its history and legacy

Friday 3 May,

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Leading experts discuss the famous volcano, including the context and aftermath of its AD 79 eruption.

Including Giuseppe Mastrolorenzo, The Vesuvius Observatory, Iain Stewart, University of Plymouth and contributor to the BBC TV series Volcano, and Clive Oppenheimer, University of Cambridge and author of Explosions that shook the world.

Followed by a Q&A chaired by Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, University of Cambridge, who also shares his findings on the effect of earth movements on the built environment of Herculaneum.

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