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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


glass (Scope note)

The term 'enamel' has not been included as a Narrow term (NT) of 'glass' for practical reasons. Although technically enamel is glass with a lower melting temperature, the way enamel is applied and worked is quite different from glass, and users tend to search for such objects independently. Mosaic glass is mostly Hellenistic in date and was created by chopping up rods and fusing them together in a mould of some sort.