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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


Marie Vandenbeusch


+44 (0)20 7323 8311

Marie Vandenbeusch is a Project Curator in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan.

Marie has worked on temporary and permanent displays for both UK and Swiss institutions, including the British Museum’s Pharaoh, King of Egypt and a touring exhibition on Akhenaten and the Amarna period. She is part of the team of the Amara West excavations. Her research interests are the study of religion and magic in ancient Egypt, in particular through funerary texts and iconography, and she also works on new publications of the Book of the Dead and the history of Egyptology.

She is currently preparing a PhD dissertation on ‘The Donkey in ancient Egyptian religion: A study of visual, textual and archaeological sources’ at the University of Geneva.

Current projects

Amara West


2012 (june). ‘Néfertiti – Un pouvoir politique inimaginable’, Historia, 44–49.

2011. ‘Les premières fouilles de l’Egypt Exploration Fund: Edouard Naville à Tell el-Maskhuta’, BSEG 28 (2008-2010), 141–172.

Chappaz, J.-C. and M. Vandenbeusch, 2011. ‘Voyage en zigzags : Ramsès II de Zagazig à Genève’, Genava n.s. 58, 3–24.

2010. ‘Hunting the Predynastic Donkey’, Nekhen News 22, 14–15.

2010. Bandelettes de momie : fragments du Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève, CSEG 10.

2009. ‘Les Anglais à Tell el-Amarna. Deux décennies de fouilles’, Égypte, Afrique et Orient 52, 73–80.

Chappaz, J.-C., F. Tiradritti and M. Vandenbeusch, 2008. Akhénaton et Néfertiti, exhibition catalogue, Geneva-Milan.