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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


J Lesley Fitton

Ancient Greece

Department: Greece and Rome


+44 (0)20 7323 8442


Lesley Fitton is Keeper of the department. She previously worked in the Greek section, where her main responsibilities were the Greek Bronze Age material and the collections from ancient Cyprus. Her research interests are in the Cyclades and Minoan Crete, and in the history of archaeological research.

She has worked on permanent displays in the Museum, particularly those in Rooms 11, 12 and 72. She created a small exhibition, Troy Retold, in the Great Court in 2004, and was recently co-curator of the special exhibition The Past from Above. She now manages the work of all sections of the department.

Current projects

Cyprus digitisation project

Previous projects</32>

Troy Retold

The Past from Above

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries

Recent publications

J.L. Fitton (ed.), The Aigina Treasure. Aegean Bronze Age jewelery and a mystery revealed (London, British Museum Press, 2009).

J.L. Fitton, N. Meeks and L. Joyner, 'The Aigina Treasure: Catalogue and Technical Report', in Fitton (ed.) 2009, pp. 17–31.

J.L.Fitton, 'Links in a chain: Aigina, Dahshur and Tod’, in Fitton (ed.) 2009, pp. 61–6.

J.L. Fitton, Contributions to, J. Aruz, K. Benzel and J. Evans (eds.), Beyond Babylon. Art, trade and diplomacy in the Second Millennium B.C. (Metropolitan Museum, New York, 2008).

J. L. Fitton, Minoans (London, British Museum Press, 2002).

J. L. Fitton, Cycladic Art (London, British Museum Press (2nd ed.), 1999).

J. L. Fitton, The Discovery of the Greek Bronze Age (London, British Museum Press, 1995).

J. L. Fitton, Heinrich Schliemann and the British Museum (British Museum Occasional Paper 83, London, British Museum, 1991).

J. L. Fitton (ed.), Cycladica: Studies in Memory of N. P. Goulandris (London, British Museum Press, 1984).