Even the beeswax used in seals is rich with data about the past, including the flowers that grew in that region year to year.
Sam Knight on the new methods that are allowing a group of scientists to reëxamine the world's libraries and archives, in search of the hidden lives of authors.
The New Yorker
Researchers use ancient DNA and proteins to read the biology of books.
By Chris Baraniuk. You could call it reading behind the lines. When medieval scribes sat down to preserve the literature and records of their day, they often wrote ...
New Scientist News
The York Gospels were assembled more than a thousand years ago. Bound in leather, illustrated, and illuminated, the book contains the four gospels of the ...
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK—Research on the proteins and DNA held in medieval parchment manuscripts is providing new insights into how the manuscripts ...
The application of proteomics, or the analysis of proteins, to archaeology is a fairly recent phenomenon – it only became viable thanks to developments in ...
During medieval times, bookmakers fashioned the pages and cover of a rare copy of the Gospel of Luke out of five different types of animals: calves, two species .
In 2010, bioarchaeologist Matthew Collins of the University of Copenhagen and his colleagues realized that the parchment used in medieval manuscripts, which
When historians study texts, whether they're ancient records or more recent manuscripts, they look to the words on the page to tell them about the life and times ...
Chemical & Engineering News
When encountering an obstacle, some people stop and give up, some force their way through, and others find another way around. That's what scientists in the .
SOMETHING TO CHEW ON: Proteins extracted from dinosaur fossils could offer unprecedented insight into these animals' biology. Their ability to survive the .
In the face of persistent critics, paleontologist Mary Schweitzer pursues evidence of dinosaur proteins. Open in new tab. Defying conventional wisdom, Mary ...