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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


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Current projects

Stephanie Berns

University of Kent

Seeing the scared in the Museum: Exploring the significance of religious and secular subjectivities for visitor engagement

Anna Booth

University of Leicester

The typology and chronology of pennanular brooches in Britain

Helen Chittock

University of Southampton

Aesthetics of the Everyday in Iron Age East Yorkshire

Jack Davy

University College London

Miniaturisation and Material Culture in Native North America: A study of concept and practice

Lloyd DeBeer

University of East Anglia

Alabaster Carvings of Medieval England in their Wider Context

Charlotte Dixon

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Sailing the Monsoon Winds in Miniature: Model boats as evidence for Indian Ocean maritime technologies and cultures

Luke Edgington-Brown

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Hannah Errington

University of York

Museum shopping: objects, practices and meanings

Kate Fulcher

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Colour in the New Kingdom Town: the technology of painted vernacular architecture at Amara West and Tell el-Amarna

Laxshmi Greaves

Cardiff University

Brick Foundations: Ahichhatra and the formation of Indian Sacred Architecture in the Gupta period

David Francis

Institute of Archaeology, UCL

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Ruth Humphries

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Naomi Lebens

The Courtauld Institute

Prints in Play: Printed laying cards, board games, fans and the fashioning of social roles in early modern Europe" 

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John Perkins

Bristol University

Medieval Coinage and Currency on the Swahili coast of East Africa

Cao Qin

University of Oxford

Chinese Weapons: Warfare, Ritual and Burial in the Bronze Age (c. 1500-500 BC)

Felicity Roberts

Kings College London

Reconnecting Sloane: Texts, Images, Objects 

Robert Rock

University of Hertfordshire

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Duncan Shields

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Naomi Speakman

The Courtauld Institute

Gothic Ivories: Evidence from the Collections of the British Museum 

Helen Taylor

University of Cambridge

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Robert Webly

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Elizabeth Wilkes

University of Southampton

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Completed projects

Sophie Adams

University of Leicester

A study of late Hallstatt and early-middle La Tène brooches in Britain

Natasha Awais-Dean

Queen Mary College, London

Bejewelled: The Male Body and Adornment in Early Modern Europe 

Jennifer Booth

University of Oxford

Back to nature: Geologically-informed consolidation techniques for conserving stone artefacts in museum collections 

Tom Brindle

Kings College London

Portable Antiquities Scheme data and Roman Britain 

Alison Clark

Kings College London

Historicising the British Museum's Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection.

Robert Davis

University of Reading

Palaeolithic archaeology of the Solent River: human occupation in its stratigraphic context 2.

Simon Denham

University of Manchester

Identity and symbolism: the meanings of early prehistoric stamp seals in the late Neolithic Middle East 

Emily Gray

Courtauld Institute

Early Italian Printmaking in Florence: Origins, Forms and Function 

Kirsten Halliday

Institute of Archaeology, UCL

Chimu state art

Marcus Hatch

Queen Mary College, London

Palaeolithic archaeology of the Solent River: human occupation in its stratigraphic context 1.

Daniel Howells

University of Sussex

Byzantine Gold Glass 

Richard Kelleher

University of Durham

Patterns of monetisation and coin loss in England during the Middle Ages (11th-16th centuries) 

Ian Leins

University of Newcastle

Iron Age Tribes and Coinage 

Jack Mockford

University of Hertfordshire

Paper money, forgers and forgery, 1776-1826

Seth Priestman

University of Southampton

Early Islamic maritime trade in the Persian Gulf and Western Indian Ocean 

Katie Robbins

University of Southampton

How representative is the Portable Antiquities Scheme database?

Melanie Rimmer

University of Cardiff

The corrosion of archaeological iron

Lindsey Smith

Dept. of Archaeology, University of Reading

Pewter Hoards from Roman Britain 

Michelle Statton

Institue of Archaeology, UCL

Dress, Adornment and Identity in Late Iron Age and Roman Britain

Philippa Walton

Institute of Archaeology, UCL

Roman coin loss patterns from the PAS

Helen Wilson

University of Manchester

Interventive conservation of black-dyed organic materials – the problem of metal-polyphenol complexes