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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 18th Annual Denys Haynes Memorial Lecture
Undeniably unique: ancient Sardinian sculptures in bronze and stone

Friday 15 February,

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A lecture by Fulvia Lo Schiavo, former Superintendent for Archaeological Heritage in Sardinia and Tuscany.

Human and animal figures, furniture, baskets and vessels, weapons, buildings, ships and chariots – all these were reproduced in miniature in the bronzes of the Nuragic culture of Sardinia, mostly in about the 10th–8th centuries BC.

A stunning discovery in 1974 at Monte Prama produced fragments of 40 over-life-sized stone figures, 25 of which have recently been reconstructed. They represent boxers, archers and warriors as well as models of nuraghi, the stone towered buildings after which the culture is named. The origin, date and purpose of these monuments are unknown.

In this lecture, Fulvia Lo Schiavo, shows how the dimensions and characteristics of the bronze and stone figures can be linked.

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Bronze figurine from nuraghe Pitzinnu, Posada (Nuoro). © Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici per le provincie di Sassari e Nuoro.