This week, Danièle speaks with Dr. Sarah Fiddyment about a mind-blowingly simple way of collecting biological information from parchment, what it can tell us, and what it reveals about how a late medieval birth girdle was used.
Sarah Fiddyment is a Research Associate in the McDonald Institute for Archeological Research at the University of Cambridge. Click here to visit her university webpage or follow Sarah on Twitter @DrSFiddyment
Her article, “Girding the loins? Direct evidence of the use of a medieval English parchment birthing girdle from biomolecular analysis,” co-authored with Natalie J. Goodison, Elma Brenner, Stefania Signorello, Kierri Price and Matthew J. Collins, can be read here.
Here are links to some of Sarah’s other work:
View more images of the birth girdle on Wikimedia Commons
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Top Image: MS 632. Saints Quiricus and Julitta – Wellcome Images / Wikimedia Commons