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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

 

Thibaut Deviese

Contact

+44 (0)20 7323 8140
science@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Since 2009, Thibaut Deviese has conducted research on the characterisation of organic materials. He particularly focuses on organic residues in ceramics and natural organic colorants. He is also involved in other science projects within the Museum and in collaboration with external partners (including CHARISMA).

In 2011 he took up the role of post-doctoral researcher on the Leverhulme Trust-funded project Andean textiles: organic colourants, biological sources and dyeing technologies.

In 2008 he obtained a PhD in chemistry (Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry at the University of Pisa/Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France, Paris/University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris). His doctoral research mainly concerned the development of a multi-analytical approach based on separation, structural and spectroscopic techniques for the characterisation of organic and inorganic materials recovered from archaeological burials to understand their nature and function in funeral rituals.

Current projects

Andean textiles: organic colourants, biological sources and dyeing technologies

Previous projects

Colourants analysis:

Study of pigments and binder in painted plasters from Uruk (Iraq) - (1st – 2nd Century)

The analysis of pigments, binders and glass of two Roman polychrome painted glass bowls by XRF, Raman, FTIR and HPLC

The ‘Treu Head’: a case study in Roman sculptural polychromy
Technical Research Bulletins

Identification of pink/red pigments in sherds and stone objects from Siraf (Iran)

Investigation of pink surface residues in sherds from Kush (Iran)

Investigation of an organic colourant on fibres from a headdress from the Cook Islands

Residues analysis:

Investigation of surface residues on three Anglo-Saxon pots excavated at Ringlemere

Analyses of two “round robin” cosmetic samples for the PRIN07 project on ancient pharmaceutical preparations

Pilot study to establish the presence and viability of food residues associated with pottery from Amara West  (Sudan)
Amara West research project

Assessment of lipid residues in prehistoric pottery from Grandcourt farm (Middleton, Norfolk)

Pilot study to establish the presence and viability of food residues associated with pottery from Kawa (Sudan)

Recent publications

Devièse Thibaut, Ribechini Erika, Baraldi Pietro, Farago Bernard, Duday Henri, Regert Martine, Colombini Maria Perla (2011) First chemical evidence of Royal purple as a material used for funeral treatment discovered in a Gallo-Roman burial (Naintré, France, the third century AD). Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, special issue “Analytical Chemistry to Illuminate the Past” DOI:10.1007/s00216-011-5217-7.

Colombini MP, Modugno F, Gamberini MC, Rocchi M, Baraldi P, Devièse T, Stacey R, Orlandi M, Saliu F, Riedo C, Chiantore O, Mazzeo R, Brambilla L, Toniolo L, Miliani C, Bleton J, Baumer U, Marras S (2011) A round robin exercise in archaeometry: analysis of a blind sample reproducing a XVII century pharmaceutical ointment. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, special issue “Analytical Chemistry to Illuminate the Past” DOI:10.1007/s00216-011-5105-1.

Ribechini Erika, Bacchiocchi Manuel, Deviese Thibaut and Colombini Maria Perla (2011) Analytical pyrolysis with in situ thermally assisted derivatisation, Py(HMDS)-GC/MS, for the chemical characterization of archaeological birch bark tar Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 2011, 91(1), pp. 219-223.

Verri Giovanni, Opper Thorsten and Devièse Thibaut The ‘Treu Head’: a case study in Roman sculptural polychromy Technical research Bulletin, The British Museum, 2010.

Devièse Thibaut, Colombini Maria Perla, Regert Martine, Stuart Barbara, Guerbois Jen-Pierre TG-MS analysis of archaeological bone from burials of the late Roman period Proceedings of the 9th Mediterranean Conference on Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis, Marseille (France), Journal Of Thermal Analysis And Calorimetry, 2010. 99 (3): pp. 811-813.

Devièse Thibaut, Vanhove Camille, Chapoulie Remy, Blanchard Philippe, Colombini Maria Perla, Regert Martine, Castex Dominique Détermination et fonction des substances organiques et des matières minérales exploitées dans les rites funéraires de la catacombe des Saints Pierre-et-Marcellin à Rome (Ier-IIe s.) Publication des journées autour du thème “de corps en corps, Traitement et devenir du cadavre”, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme d’Aquitaine (Bordeaux), 2008.

Regert Martine, Devièse Thibaut , Le Hô Anne Solenn, Rougeulle Axel Reconstructing ancient Yemeni commercial routes during the Middle Ages using structural characterization of terpenoid resins, Archeometry, 2008. 50(4): pp 668-695.