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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


Neil Wilkin

Curator, Bronze Age Collection

Department: Britain, Europe and Prehistory 


+44 (0)20 7323 8579

Neil is responsible for the the British and European Bronze Age collection at the British Museum.

His particular interests are in Early and Middle Bronze Age ceramics. Additional Bronze Age research interests include socio-economic connections between metalwork and pottery; ritual and deposition in its regional and landscape setting; funerary practices and the material culture of death; and contextual approaches to the study and creation of artefact classifications and typo-chronologies.

Prior to joining the British Museum, Neil was involved in the Beakers and Bodies Project (Leverhulme Trust/University of Aberdeen) and he is currently completing a PhD on the Food Vessel pottery and burials of Northern England (AHRC/University of Birmingham).

Current projects

The Reffley Wood project

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

Member of the Prehistoric Society

Member of the Prehistoric Ceramic Research Group

Recent publications

N. Wilkin, ‘Animal Remains from Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Funerary Contexts in Wiltshire, Dorset and Oxfordshire’, The Archaeological Journal, 168 (2011), 64-95

N. Curtis and N. Wilkin, 'The Regionality of Beakers and Bodies in the Chalcolithic of North-East Scotland', in M.J. Allen, J. Gardiner & A. Sheridan (eds.), Is there a British Chalcolithic? : People, place and polity in the later 3rd millennium (The Prehistoric Society & Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2012), 237-256