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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


Sascha Priewe

Curator, Chinese collections,
Co-ordinating curator, Korean collections

Department: Asia


+44 (0)20 7323 8431


Sascha Priewe joined the British Museum in 2009. He is a curator in the Department of Asia, where his responsibilities include the ancient Chinese collections, in particular metalwork, sculpture and jade, and the Korean collections.

Sascha studied for a DPhil in Archaeology at Merton College, University of Oxford, which was awarded in 2012. In his thesis, he discusses social changes along the middle course of the Yangzi River during the late Neolithic, 3rd millennium BC.

His main research interest is Chinese archaeology with a particular focus on the archaeology of Neolithic and Bronze Age China, specifically issues of interaction and exchange as well as religion and ritual. Further research interests include the archaeology of the Northern and Southern, Sui and Tang dynasties, and the formation and display of East Asian (archaeological) collections.

Current projects

  • Chinese bronze mirrors in the British Museum and Royal Ontario Museum
  • Korea Foundation Gallery: changing displays in Room 67
  • Publication of conference proceedings
  • Technical studies of ancient Chinese bronzes (with Quanyu Wang, Department of Conservation and Scientific Research)

Previous projects

  • Ritual and revelry: the art of drinking in Asia, exhibition co-curator (2012)
  • Contemporary Chinese seals by Li Lanqing, exhibition co-curator (2012)
  • Chinese Seals: Tradition and Innovation, conference co-organiser (2012)
  • Korean Art: Narratives and Displays in Museum Contexts - Joint Centre for Korean Studies (SOAS) / British Museum Symposium on Korean Arts and Culture, co-organiser (2012)

Recent publications

S. Priewe, Religion and interaction along the late Neolithic Middle Yangzi, in preparation.

S. Priewe, "Birds and beasts: the life histories of late Neolithic jades from the Middle Yangzi", in Francis Allard, Gideon Shelach and Yan Sun (eds.), The Life Histories of Objects in Chinese Prehistory and History, forthcoming.

S. Priewe, Networked communities: Sogdians and their burials in north-central China during the Northern Qi, Northern Zhou and Sui periods, in Wu Hung (ed.), Studies on Ancient Tomb Art vol. 2 古代墓葬美术研究(二), forthcoming 2013

S. Priewe, ‘Ritual and Revelry: The Art of Drinking in Asia’: An Exhibition at the British Museum, Orientations (September 2012), pp. 92-97.

S. Priewe, 29 entries in James Lin (ed.), The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China, New York and London: Yale University Press, 2012

S. Priewe, with Q. Wang, K. Chen and S. La Niece, A Chinese bronze gui vessel: genuine Western Zhou object or fake?, The British Museum Technical Research Bulletin 5 (2011), pp. 59-66.

S. Priewe, Hahn Kwang-ho and the British Museum, Orientations (November/December 2010), pp. 59-64.

S. Priewe, Das Zhangdefu-Sargbett: Grundlegende Fragen erneut gestellt (The Zhangdefu Funerary Bed: Raising Basic Questions Anew), Ostasiatische Zeitschrift 17 (Spring 2009), pp. 15-24.