Video has been posted for “Manuscripts: The Archaeolozoology of Animal Skin,” a lecture at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts presented April 10, 2014, by Matthew Collins and Sarah Fiddyment from the University of York, and Caroline Checkley-Scott and Stephen J. Milner from the University of Manchester.
The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies was thrilled to welcome the team behind the Books and Beasts project, a collaboration between the Bioarchaeology group at the University of York and the Libraries and Department of Italian at the University of Manchester, which seeks to discover and trace the use of different types of animals used to make parchment, through the use of collagen analysis. The lecture was part of a “whistle-stop East Coast tour” of the team, which included stops in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, New Haven, and Boston. You can read more about the tour, and the project, at Venetian Vellum: The Tour (a post on WordPress). SIMS has been a partner on this project for the past year, which internally we called the Penn Parchment Project, providing samples from our collection for analysis, and we are excited to be involved in the next stage of the project.
Tweets from the lecture have also been collected on Storify, courtesy of Mitch Fraas at Penn: sfy.co/hg2J
For more information about the Penn Parchment Project, please see our post on the sampling process, which also links to other posts related to the project: http://schoenberginstitute.org/2013/10/07/penn-parchment-project-sampling-process/