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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


Pippa Pearce


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As well as the everyday Museum duties of exhibitions, storage and loans, Pippa Pearce's main area of interest is archaeological materials. She also works on the conservation of historical artefacts and modern materials from living cultures.

Her archaeological interest extends to acting as small finds and site conservator on various excavations, notably at Butrint, Albania (www.butrintfound.dial.pipex.com), Kamenica, Albania (www.kamenicatumulus.org), Apollonia in Albania (www.icaa.org.al) and Kawa and the Northern Dongala Reach in Sudan (www.sudarchrs.org.uk).

Current projects

The Portable Antiquities Scheme (www.finds.org.uk), mainly cleaning coins for identification from recently disclosed sites, such as Cold Brayfield and Snodland

Exhibition liaison officer for the Babylon exhibition.

Exhibition liaison officer for temporary exhibitions by the Department of Coins and Medals in Room 69a.

Previous projects

Exhibition liaison officer for the exhibition Forgotten Empire: the world of Ancient Persia

Exhibition liaison for the exhibition Kingdoms of the Ancient Nile

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Accredited to ICON, the Institute of Conservation (www.icon.org.uk)

Recent publications

P. Pearce, ‘Practicable Solutions’ in Festschrift for Prof Korkuti: New Directions in Albanian Archaeology, eds L.Bejko and R. Hodhes, International Centre for Albanian archaeology (Monograph Series No.1, Tirana, 2006), pp. 356-367