IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1524: Biocodicology: Revealing the Biological Biographies of Books

Thursday 4 July 2019, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Sarah Fiddyment, BioArCh - Department of Archaeology, University of York
Moderator/Chair:Matthew David Teasdale, BioArCh - Department of Archaeology, University of York
Paper 1524-aInsular Parchment on the Continent
(Language: English)
Joanna Story, School of Historical Studies, University of Leicester
Joanna Story, School of Historical Studies, University of Leicester
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1524-bWhat Lies Beneath: Biological Effects of Parchment Manufacturing
(Language: English)
Carla Soto Quintana, BioArCh - Department of Archaeology, University of York / Research & Development, Devro
Carla Soto Quintana, BioArCh - Department of Archaeology, University of York / Research & Development, Devro
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Science
Paper 1524-cThe Message in the Medium: Using Visual and Biomolecular Analysis to Illuminate Manuscript Production
(Language: English)
Jiri Vnoucek, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Jiri Vnoucek, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Science
Abstract

Parchment manuscripts provide a window into the medieval world, long the subject of close textual criticism, cultural, and artistic analysis, they have informed our understanding of developments in aesthetics, state, law, religion, and commerce. This session aims to promote the field of biocodicology which documents the often overlooked biological and craft record contained within parchment, revealing the entangled histories of agricultural innovation, the craft of parchment production, and book culture in Europe. Talks in this session will be of both a theoretical and practical nature in their analysis of parchment manuscripts as an invaluable biological and craft record.