Collaboration with University of St Andrews.
Medieval books are among the most enduring testaments of pre-modern culture. Inscribed on organic parchment,
manuscripts’ signs of wear are self-documenting, recording how they have been handled, transported, upgraded,
exposed, and used ritualistically. This project proposes to develop four techniques to investigate medieval manuscripts: pollen
analysis, three-dimensional photography, parchment thickness analysis, and DNA analysis of stains. The University of Stirling will develop the methodological approach of the pollen analysis section of the overall project . The aim is to develop metric-based, machine aided techniques—apply existing techniques in new ways—to answer humanities questions about how
medieval people sourced materials, handled their books, travelled with them, and re-read certain favourite stories.