In the medieval inventories are sometimes found albae, described as red, blue or black; which has led to the belief that albs were sometimes not only made of stuffs other than linen, but were coloured.
Even in that event, the information which would be derived from the Cnossian tablets would probably make but a small addition to history, since in very large part they are evidently mere inventories of tribute and stores.
The extant inventories of spoil carried off by the ancient conquerors include a variety of utensils and stuffs.
This contains a list of medieval writers on the subject, another of the inventories used by the author, and one of more modern works.
Niello is frequently mentioned in the inventories of the treasures belonging to the great basilicas of Rome and Byzantium.