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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


Satoko Tanimoto


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With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research has appointed the first of two Mellon Fellows in Conservation Science, and Dr Satoko Tanimoto took up this three-year fellowship at the beginning of March 2007.

Satoko has recently completed a PhD entitled ‘Experimental Study of Late Bronze Age Glass-Making Practice’ at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. During her PhD, Satoko also spent several extended periods working in the Science Section at the Victoria and Albert Museum and worked as a tutor in the Conservation Department at the City and Guilds Art School.

Satoko has a first degree from the Kobe Pharmaceutical University (Chemistry and Pharmacy/Pharmacology) in Japan and a MSc in Environmental Sciences and Management from the University of San Francisco, where she studied volatile leaf oils by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Satoko also spent a year as an intern at the Getty Conservation Institute, where she worked with David Scott on a number of projects, using a range of analytical techniques, including the study of ancient Egyptian cartonnages.

Satoko has recently returned from India (Ahhichatragarh Fort/Nagaur Fort) where she was working on wall paintings with inlaid-mirror/glass decorations for a month before taking up the Fellowship at the British Museum (Conservation project of the Courtauld Institute of Art and the Mehrangarh Museum Trust).

Current projects

Italian 15th century drawings

Chalk cups from Grimes Grave

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Mellon Fellowship

Member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON)

Recent publications

S.Tanimoto, 'Interactions between silicate and salt melts in LBA glass-making', with Th. Rehren, Journal of Archaeological Science, 35/9, (2008), pp. 2566-2573

S. Tanimoto, 'An Ancient Egyptian cartonnage broad collar: technical examination of pigments and binding media', with D.A. Scott, L. Swartz Dodd, J. Furihata, J. Keeney, M. R. Schilling and E. Cowan, Studies in Conservation, 49/3, (2004), pp. 177-192

S. Tanimoto,'Removal Mechanism of NO in Flue Gas by Microalgae', with Y. Okamoto, M.Yorozu, H.Nagase, K.Hirata and K.Miyamoto, The Society for Bioscience and Bioengineering, Japan, 10 (19980831), (1998) p. 51