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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

 
Ostracon, fragment of the body of a red pottery vessel, the fabric is relatively coarse and black in section, both interior and exterior are covered with a light-brown slip, four lines of Coptic text written in black ink on the exterior, containing a receipt.

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EA55876

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Detail: Inscription

Ostracon, fragment of the body of a red pottery vessel, the fabric is relatively coarse and black in section, both interior and exterior are covered with a light-brown slip, four lines of Coptic text written in black ink on the exterior, containing a receipt.

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  • Ostracon, fragment of the body of a red pottery vessel, the fabric is relatively coarse and black in section, both interior and exterior are covered with a light-brown slip, four lines of Coptic text written in black ink on the exterior, containing a receipt.

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  • Ostracon, fragment of the body of a red pottery vessel, the fabric is relatively coarse and black in section, both interior and exterior are covered with a light-brown slip, four lines of Coptic text written in black ink on the exterior, containing a receipt.

    Detail: Inscription