Lecture: Cracking the Runic Code: Spotlight on Viking Women!
Cost: $10 for Museum members, $15 for General admission
Cracking the Runic Code: Spotlight on Viking Women!
What are runes, these most enigmatic of characters? Even the word rune itself is claimed to mean ‘mystery’. Enter the rich world of runic inscriptions. And above all, find out what women were up to in the ancient past. Runestones and other runic objects tell a fascinating story, and of women from all walks of life. On mighty memorials with the first public artwork, women act as commemorators and in the forefront of the Christianization process. On inscribed sticks subjects familiar from graffiti are mentioned. Recent research has uncovered the vital role of women in runic inscriptions.
Professor Henrik Williams from Uppsala University in Sweden, is one of the world’s leading runologists and professor of Scandinavian Languages. His research combines established traditions of scholarship with modern linguistic science.