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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

 

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Dr Schmoo

Job title

Consultant Vertebrate Paleontologist to the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain Project

Interests

Mammoths
Dirty limericks
Historical re-enactment/metal detecting
Brain surgery
Dressing up

Profile

Dr. Schmoo is an eccentric old devil, rather like his guardian, but like all great bears feels it's high time his work was recognised. After a lifetime among the old bones and academic papers on his guardian's desk and acting as confidant to the frankly, unhinged, he wants just a bit of the old razzamatazz.

Schmoo was resurrected from spare parts in a toy box in Luton sometime in the early 1950s and never lets anyone forget what can be achieved from humble, if slightly Frankensteinian, beginnings.

Despite his small stature and somewhat disorderly appearance, Schmoo is an unpolished gem of a bear who will revel in his new surroundings as Alan Measles' stunt double – and doubtless dine-out on it for ever... Please don't be put off by his mad, staring, beady eyes and occasional tics; he promises not to frighten the children, and requires no payment, only the occasional single malt.

P.S. He asks if having a collection of contemporary ceramics counts for or against him?

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