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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


satin (Scope note)

Satin is a weave structure and so is included, like 'velvet', in the Techniques rather than Materials thesaurus. Both terms, however, are commonly used to describe what an object is made of (or a support). Although in the case of satin, the lustrous effect is often made using silk thread, other fibres can also be used.