Manuscript Palaeoproteomics: Discovering the field of biocodicology
Paper by Sarah Fiddyment
Given at Dark Archives: A Conference on the Medieval Unread and Unreadable, held at the University of Oxford on September 11, 2019
Sarah Fiddyment discusses the study of the biomolecular information that formed part of the biological history of manuscripts – the biomolecules found on the surface of these manuscripts that can reveal something about their history.
@DrSFiddyment: an analysis of "Lucas gloss cum A” identified 5 different animal skins for its production/binding, including goat & cow skin for the manuscript pages, w/ the goat skin being of much lower quality yet arbitrarily mixed w/ better quality cow skin. #darkarchives pic.twitter.com/JvjzXLtkoB
— Stewart J. Brookes (@Stewart_Brookes) September 11, 2019
See also: ZooMS: Species identification of parchment using peptide mass finger printing
Top Image: 15th century manuscript – image courtesy New York Public Library