Stable isotope analysis of collagen in the study of medieval manuscript parchment: interpretation of the first results

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Specific features of Medieval Russia written heritage are stipulated bythe fact that most medieval parchment codices do not contain data on the place where theywere created. This fact is a true challenge for Russian medieval studies. To address thischallenge, our task was to apply stable isotope analysis to a large corpus of the earliestparchment manuscripts kept in the Department of Manuscripts and Early Printed Booksof the State Historical Museum. At first, parchment samples of four Novgorod codicesdated to the last quarter of the 12th - last quarter of the 14th centuries from the collectionof the Department of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books of the State Historical Museum were subjected to this analysis. The analysis of twelve samples of historical parchmentwas conducted in the Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistryof the Russian Academy of Sciences. We find the first results of the stable isotope analysisof the parchment quite conclusive and encouraging; hence, this approach can be appliedin follow-up studies of the place of production and technological elements of medievalmanuscript production.


Novgorod, рукописные пергаменные кодексы xi-xiv вв, manuscript parchment codices of the 11th-14th centuries, carbon, nitrogen, isotopiccomposition

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