REPORT: Pigment in female skeleton’s teeth changes assumptions about who produced sacred text
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Beautiful medieval illuminated manuscripts have for centuries thought to have been the work of male scribes.
But now archaeologists have found conclusive proof that nuns were involved in producing sacred texts.
The article goes on to state the following:
Tests on the teeth of a middle-aged female skeleton at a cemetery attached to a medieval nunnery in Germany showed flecks of a rare blue pigment on her teeth.
Beautiful medieval manuscripts are likely to have been the work of nuns https://t.co/qH80xnucKB
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) January 9, 2019
— Ars Technica (@arstechnica) January 9, 2019
The discovery of semi-precious gems in the teeth of a 1,000-year-old female skeleton suggests women were more widely involved in creating medieval manuscripts than previously thought PIC: AP https://t.co/sC5YCGTX0H pic.twitter.com/hG2N9nI07f
— ABC News (@abcnews) January 10, 2019
The discovery of blue teeth in the remains of a woman who died 1,000 years ago might be the most direct evidence yet of a particular woman taking part in the art of making high-quality illuminated manuscriptshttps://t.co/MFE4PinFVR
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) January 9, 2019
Historians long assumed monks created most illuminated manuscripts, because men were more likely to sign their work.
But the unexpected discovery of lapis lazuli pigment in teeth of medieval woman is upending ideas that women weren’t artists, too. By me:https://t.co/gUgWkJr4F5
— Christina Larson 可心 (@larsonchristina) January 9, 2019
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