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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


Study day
Our explosive past: how humans survived catastrophe

Saturday 8 June,
Clore Centre for Education
Tickets £25
Members/Concessions £25

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court

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Come and meet the scientists engaged in piecing together our fascinating prehistory in a day of short talks, films and other displays.

During the past 100,000 years, Neanderthals and then modern humans survived a series of abrupt changes in climate and occasional massive volcanic eruptions in Europe.

Did adverse conditions eventually lead to Neanderthal extinction, and how did modern humans survive?

The day’s programme will include short talks, films, other displays and opportunities to meet the scientists, including Alice Roberts and Clive Oppenheimer.

Includes tea/coffee and lunch.


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Background - courtesy of Dr. A. Hoskuldsson, University of Iceland. Foreground - courtesy of University of Birmingham.