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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


textile (Scope note)

The term is defined in this thesaurus as 'cloth', whether woven, beaten, knitted or otherwise manufactured. If an object is regarded as a textile, but the material term already occurs in this thesaurus under another Broad Term, enter 'textile' in the record as an additional keyword. Velvet is a technique rather than a textile - please enter 'velvet' into technique and 'textile' in material. Where possible, use the type of textile that has been velveted, eg silk or cotton. Felt and kesi refer to the finished product, and are neither materials nor techniques (use tapestry for kesi and felted for felt). See also FIBRE and its Narrow Terms.