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July 7, 2022

Biocodicology and Birth Girdles with Sarah Fiddyment

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:

ERC Beasts to Craft Project – and on Twitter @ercb2c

Open access papers on 13th-century pocket bibles, the York Gospels, and a ‘field guide’ to bioarchaeology.

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 July 7, 2022 at 04:22AM

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