Thursday, January 14, 2010
The Faddan More Psalter
In 2006, this parchment manuscript of the Psalms in Latin was unearthed in a peat bog in Ireland (ed.: as noted in ETC). Fortunately, the worker operating the backhoe had the good sense to immediately recover the manuscript with peat to prevent decay. The handwriting suggests a date in the eighth century. The National Museum of Ireland has more information available on its website; in particular, I recommend downloading the report by John Gillis and Anthony Read which includes a number of fascinating photographs and a description of how they are drying the moisture out of the manuscript.