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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


The Annual William Fagg Lecture
The Lower Niger Bronze Industries: centres and edges

Friday 25 October,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre

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Over fifty years ago William Fagg proposed the term ‘Lower Niger Bronze Industry’ to distinguish copper alloy objects from Nigeria which didn’t fit within the well-known centres of casting in Benin City and Ife.

The exemplar piece for Fagg was ‘the hunter’, a figure whose imaginative quality and free composition are in strong contrast with the more formal and prescribed traditions of Benin City.

Philip M Peek, Drew University, is undertaking a systematic study of the hundreds of diverse sculptures that are now attributed to this grouping. In this lecture he presents a tantalising glimpse into his initial findings.

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Bronze figure of a huntsman, Nigeria, Possibly 16-18th century