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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


Roger was formerly a curator in the Department of Coins and Medals and was seconded to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport from 1994 to 2003. Roger is responsible for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, a project to record all archaeological objects found by the public in England and Wales, and for the Museum’s operation of the Treasure Act and in 2012 he was appointed Keeper of the Department of Prehistory and Europe.

The Portable Antiquities Scheme consists of 47 posts based in museums, universities and archaeological services all around England and Wales, with six based in the Museum. The objects are recorded on the Scheme’s online database available at www.finds.org.uk and is now the largest online archaeological resource of its kind and it is currently growing by some 90,000 objects each year. The Treasure side of the department’s work consists of administering finds reported as Treasure – in 2011 there were 970 of these – with a team of a Treasure Registrar and four Assistant Registrars.

Current projects

  • Hoards and hoarding in Britain
  • The coinage of Gordian III
  • A new edition of Roman Imperial Coinage IV.iii, Gordian III – Aemilian (AD 238-53)

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the MacDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge
  • Honorary Lecturer, Institute of Archaeology, University College London
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (Member of Council), the British Numismatic Society (President) and the Royal Numismatic Society (Vice-President)
  • Member of Institute of Field Archaeologists; Council for British Archaeology; Museums Association; Finds Research Group; Rescue; Society of Museum Archaeologists; All-Party Archaeology Group Advisory Group

Recent publications

The Staffordshire Hoard (with Kevin Leahy), BM Press, 2009

Roman and early Byzantine gold coins found in Britain and Ireland (with Xavier Loriot), Royal Numismatic Society Special Publication 46, 2010 (winner of the Allier d’Hauteroche prize of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, 2011)

The Frome Hoard (with Sam Moorhead and Anna Booth), BM Press, 2010

‘Anonymous half-siliquae of the late 4th century AD’, Numismatic Chronicle 2010, pp. 205-14 and pls. 13-14.

‘The coinage of Vabalathus and Zenobia from Antioch and Alexandria’, Numismatic Chronicle 171, 2011, pp. 133-86 and plates 15-25.

`From Gordian III to the Gallic Empire (AD 238-74)’ in W E Metcalf (ed.), Handbook of Greek and Roman Coinage, Oxford University Press 2012, pp. 514-37.

‘Gold for the Barbarians? Uniface Gold Medallions of the House of Constantine found in Britain and Ireland’, Britannia, 43 (2012), pp 217-25