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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


glazed (Scope note)

There are instances where objects which are decorated with underglaze are not glazed, but they are uncommon. N.B. The Technique ‘glazed’ never applies to ancient Greek pottery, meaning pottery produced throughout all periods from the Aegean (or Greek) Neolithic to the Hellenistic periods. N.B. The term 'black glaze' is used for Greek pottery which is covered in a clay slip that turns a glossy black during firing. In such instances, the Technique is 'slipped' and not 'glazed', even if the term ‘glazed’ may appear in the Description to designate areas of ‘black glaze’.