This week, Danièle speaks with Dr. Sarah Fiddyment about a mind-blowingly simple way of collecting biological information from parchment, what it can tell us, and what it reveals about how a late medieval birth girdle was used.
Sarah Fiddyment is a Research Associate in the McDonald Institute for Archeological Research at the University of Cambridge. Click here to visit her university webpage or follow Sarah on Twitter @DrSFiddyment
Her article, “Girding the loins? Direct evidence of the use of a medieval English parchment birthing girdle from biomolecular analysis,” co-authored with Natalie J. Goodison, Elma Brenner, Stefania Signorello, Kierri Price and Matthew J. Collins, can be read here.
Here are links to some of Sarah’s other work:
View more images of the birth girdle on Wikimedia Commons
Just missing out on #IWD but here is our new paper on biomolecular analysis of a medieval birth girdle held @WellcomeLibrary published in @RSocPublishing Open Science https://t.co/XK6TSkWzzD#parchment #biocodicology #MedievalTwitter #Manuscripts pic.twitter.com/beECaaSRlP
— Dr Sarah Fiddyment (@DrSFiddyment) March 12, 2021
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Top Image: MS 632. Saints Quiricus and Julitta – Wellcome Images / Wikimedia Commons