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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


Robert Bracey

Project curator: Kushan coins

Department: Coins and Medals


+44 (0)20 7323 8585

Academia profile 


Robert is currently engaged in the Kushan coins project and the production of a new catalogue of the coins of the Kushan dynasty, the principle dynasty of Northwest India in the first to third centuries AD.

Beyond political history and coins this period involves major social changes and the movement of ideas: Greek art, literature, and languages penetration into India, Buddhism reaching China, the development of Sanskrit as a national language, and a transformation in the role of women in Indian Society.

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Secretary of the Royal Numismatic Society

Assistant Editor of the Journal of the Oriental Numismatic Society

Treasurer of the Central Asian Numismatic Institute