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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


Sue Brunning

Curator: Early Medieval European Insular Collections

Department: Prehistory and Europe 


+44 (0)20 7323 8736

Sue Brunning is responsible for the Insular Early Medieval Collections, dating from the fifth to eleventh centuries. Her particular research interests include early medieval weaponry and warrior culture; artefact biographies; cross-cultural connections; beliefs and religious conversion; the Viking Age in Britain and Ireland; interdisciplinary approaches to research; and the Sutton Hoo ship-burial.

In addition to her role as curator, Sue is currently completing her PhD at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, entitled 'The "living" sword in Anglo-Saxon England and Scandinavia, c. 500-1100: An interdisciplinary study'.

Current projects

Room 41, Early Medieval gallery, refurbishment - due to re-open in late 2013

Previous projects

Highlights from the World of Sutton Hoo, Room 2, October 2011  late 2013

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Member of the Society for Medieval Archaeology

Member of the Finds Research Group

Member of the Viking Society for Northern Research

Co-convenor of the Institute of Archaeology / British Museum Medieval Seminar Series (with Prof Andrew Reynolds)