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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


Contact and enquiries

You can contact the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan:

by email:

email: egyptian@britishmuseum.org

by telephone:

+44 (0) 20 7323 8000

by post:

Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan
The British Museum
Great Russell Street

Volunteering opportunities and Student Placements

Each year the department offers a limited number of volunteering opportunities and Student Placements. Due to heavy demand and the requirements of the tasks involved, we restrict these to undergraduate or graduate students on courses with a direct relevance to Egyptian or Sudanese culture. The placements must also be a required part of your course. Placements are usually for a period of one month, but can vary.

Please note that ALL currently available volunteering opportunities are listed below. Applicants should only apply to a specific project and email the person responsible for that project with a completed British Museum volunteer enquiry form, a reference letter and a CV.

  • Surveys and Excavations above the Fourth Nile Cataract. The Small Finds: From 1999 until 2007 the British Museum, in conjunction with the Sudan Archaeological Research Society, was involved in the Merowe Dam Archaeological Salvage Project in Northern Sudan with a 40km-long concession on the left bank of the Nile and on the adjacent islands.  Prominent among the remains found in the concession were those of the Kerma and medieval periods, although material from the Palaeolithic into the late 19th century was also recovered. Among this material is a wide range of small finds, including New Kingdom Egyptian scarabs and a shell casing from the Gordon Relief Expedition of 1885. For details of the project please visit:


    A volunteer is sought to assist in the cataloguing (database entry, drawing of small finds, photography) and analysis of this material, which will be integrated into the final publication. The project will be for three months, starting in late August.

    Closing date: 25th August 2014

    Contact: Dr Derek Welsby

Please note that it is not possible for volunteers to be unsupervised in the study collections or to handle objects. The department cannot offer any out-of-pocket expenses to volunteers or placement students.

For further information about volunteering at the British Museum, including other opportunities, please see britishmuseum.org/about_us/volunteers.