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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


Project director

Department of Greece and Rome 

Project curators

Supported by

The Leverhulme Trust
  • Christian Levett (Mougins Museum of Classical Art)
  • The Shelby White - Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications
  • Institute of Classical Studies, London
  • The British Academy, Reckitt Fund

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Project partners and acknowledgements

The Naukratis Project would be impossible without the collaboration of institutions and individuals worldwide.

We would like to express our gratitude to the many academic collaborators, museum curators, student volunteers, and colleagues across the British Museum and in partner institutions, who are generously providing time and expertise to make this research possible.


The Leverhulme Trust

Christian Levett and the Mougins Museum of Classical Art

The Leon Levy – Shelby White Program for Archaeological Publications

Honor Frost Foundation

Institute of Classical Studies, London

The British Academy, Reckitt Fund

The British Museum

Dan and Karen Pritzker

In December 2004, the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, Germany, and the British Museum's Caryatid Group of Supporters of the Greek and Roman Department supported the Colloquium Naukratis: Greek Diversity in Egypt, published in 2006 (Villing and Schlotzhauer 2006)


Museums and institutions holding objects from Naukratis