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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.

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  • Description

    Base sherd of a pottery object with attached coarse ring base.

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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 12 centimetres (circa)
    • Width: 5 centimetres (circa)
  • Condition

    Incomplete; part of an object only.

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  • Acquisition notes

    The register states that "this date number is applied to Woolley Ur objects previously unregistered, but note that that their provenance is basically assumed from their place of storage and there have been many possibilities of confusion, e.g for pottery stored close to Khabur material, so that it cannot be entirely relied on unless the object has a U number or other positive evidence."

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    Middle East

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Object reference number: WCO82095

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