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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


Marianne Bergeron

Project curator: Naukratis
Greek pottery from Naukratis

Department: Greece and Rome


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Marianne Bergeron studied theatre, classical archaeology, and art history at the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto before completing her PhD at the University of Reading in 2010. Her thesis, entitled Contextualising Greek Pottery in Archaic Carthage examined the patterns of distribution of Archaic Greek pottery found in Carthage, and looked at possible connections with the Greek world through the different uses observed of these wares.

Marianne joined the British Museum in 2011 as Project Curator in the Naukratis Project responsible for the cataloguing, research, and publication of the Greek pottery from the early excavations carried out at the ancient site of Naukratis (Kom Geif) in the Western Nile Delta.

Prior to joining the museum, Marianne lectured at the University of Reading. Her research interests include Greek and Western Phoenician relations, Carthaginian archaeology, and Phoenico-Punic burial customs.

Current projects

Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt

Recent publications

Alexandra Villing, Marianne Bergeron, Giorgos Bourogiannis, François Leclère and Ross Thomas, with Alan Johnston, Valerie Smallwood and Susan Woodford, Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt (British Museum Online Research Catalogue, 2013). Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt

M.E. Bergeron, and A.C. Smith (eds.), The Gods of Small Things, Pallas: Revue d'études antiques,vol. 86, (Toulouse, Presses universitaires du Mirail 2011).

M.E. Bergeron, ‘Death, gender, and sea shells in Carthage’ in M.E. Bergeron and A.C. Smith (Eds.), The Gods of Small Things, Pallas: Revue d'études antiques,vol. 86, (Toulouse 2011) pp. 169-189.