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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


Thoughts and things in China

Friday 14 June,
Saturday 15 June,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre

This event is fully booked

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Leading scholars discuss significant issues in the field of Chinese art and archaeology in honour of Professor Dame Jessica Rawson.

Led by panel chairs Lothar Ledderose, Wu Hung, Jenny So, Mei Jianjun, Craig Clunas, Shelagh Vainker, Jane Portal and Chris Gosden.

Including issues such as cross-cultural interactions, ancient bronzes, tombs and afterlife, and religion.

Organised by her students, this international conference celebrates the major scholarly contributions made by Professor Dame Jessica Rawson at the British Museum and the University of Oxford in her long career.

Ticket price includes coffee/tea breaks, lunches and a reception.

Registration is at 9.30.

Supported by
Dr Carter and Mrs Su-Hwa Tseng
The Reed Foundation
School of Archaeology, University of Oxford
Dr Helena Meyer-Knapp


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Bronze hu (ritual wine vessels). From Shanxi province, China. Eastern Zhou dynasty, 5th century BC.