DNA and the archeology of manuscripts

Manuscripts hold stories. Most of the time when we study these objects, we concentrate on what’s written on the page – but what if the materials used to create the manuscript could also tell stories?

Thanks to recent advances in DNA sequencing, we are able to study manuscripts on a molecular level – a field known as biocodicology. Scientists can use DNA, microbial and protein analysis to enrich understanding of these objects and the people who used them.

Full article at: https://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/the-makings-of-manuscripts-more-than-whats-written-on-the-page/