Medieval Manuscripts Seminar

Medieval Manuscripts Seminar
6 February 2018, 5.30pm - 7.15pm
Dr Seng T Lee Centre for Manuscript and Book Studies, Senate House Library, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Matthew Collins, University of York

Matthew Collins FBA, Niels Bohr Professor at the University of Copenhagen and Professor of Biomolecular Archaeology at the University of York
Parchment: The Animal Turn

Most medieval writings were on the skins of animals, parchment.  Our research begins with the premise that parchment is the largest biological tissue bank ever assembled.   I will discuss how, working with conservation studios we have started to explore this archive, examining the range of animals used to contract codices and the patterns we are seeing in production.  To what extent do these results have relevance for manuscript studies and how can we advance this type of highly interdisciplinary research?

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