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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


Origins of mummification in Egypt

Thursday 25 September,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre

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Recent research has shown the first mummified remains to be found in the Nile Valley date from 3500 BC rather than 3000 BC as previously thought.

Renée Friedman, British Museum, shares her research on the origins of the mummification process, the relationship between natural and artificial mummification, and how this informs our view of a process so ingrained in popular understanding of the ancient Egyptians.

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