Posted on December 6, 2022 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Cutting-edge technology has revealed 1,300-year-old marginalia in a religious text.
The Guardian reports that researchers at the Bodleian Library in Oxford have found the name Eadburg — and a few sketches — scored into a Latin copy of the Acts of the Apostles.
Eadburg is an Old English woman's name; given that it appears multiple times (sometimes abbreviated, other times in full), scholars believe it is likely the name of the book's owner.
The book was made in England between 700 and 750 AD, and the markings were done with a drypoint stylus, not ink — hence why advanced imaging technology was needed to reveal it.
You can see images of the text and learn more about the research into it in the Guardian.
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