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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


Bodies of Pompeii and Herculaneum

Friday 24 May,

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Archaeologist and social anthropologist Estelle Lazer, University of Sydney, has worked extensively excavating and interpreting the human remains at Pompeii and Herculaneum.

In this lecture she explores what these bones tell us about life and death in this region in AD 79, across the social spectrum.

Introduced by Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, University of Cambridge.

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