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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.

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Nubia in the New Kingdom: Lived experience, pharaonic control and local traditions
Annual Egyptological Colloquium

Thursday 11 July,
Friday 12 July,

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Two-day colloquium with insights from the latest archaeological research at major settlements and cemeteries in Nubia.

The relationship between Egypt and Nubia during the New Kingdom (1550-1070 BC) has typically been described in terms that mirror the ideology promulgated on ancient temple walls: the pharaonic state had complete political control and cultural dominance over ‘wretched Kush’.

This conference seeks to build on recent research that has seen this interaction re-assessed, suggesting it was as much ‘entanglement’ as ‘colonisation’. Two days of lectures will provide insights from the latest archaeological research at major settlements and cemeteries in Nubia, but also considerations on the material culture, written evidence and environmental context for Egyptian-Nubian interactions in the New Kingdom, and the understanding being gained from the application of new scientific techniques to this field of research.

The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation Distinguished Lecture in Egyptology 2013 will be held in conjunction with the colloquium, at 6pm in th BP Lecture Theatre, on Thursday July 11th.

The 2013 lecture will be: 'Nubia in the New Kingdom: the Egyptians at Kurgus' with Vivian Davies, former Keeper of the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, British Museum.



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View southwest over Amara West, Egyptian administrative centre of Upper Nubia, the focus of a current British Museum research project. Photo: Susie Green