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dc.contributor.authorDoherty, Sean Paul
dc.contributor.authorHenderson, Stuart
dc.contributor.authorFiddyment, Sarah
dc.contributor.authorFinch, Jonathan
dc.contributor.authorCollins, Matthew
dc.date.accessioned2021-11-02T00:30:49Z
dc.date.available2021-11-02T00:30:49Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.issn2050-7445
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/330165
dc.description.abstractHistoric legal deeds are one of the most abundant resources in British archives, but also one of the most neglected. Despite the millions that survive, we know remarkably little about their manufacture, including the species of animal on which they were written. Here we present the species identification of 645 sixteenth-twentieth century skins via peptide mass fingerprinting (ZooMS), demonstrating the preferential use of sheepskin parchment. We argue that alongside their abundance and low cost, the use of sheepskins over those of other species was motivated by the increased visibility of fraudulent text erasure and modification afforded by the unique structure of their skin. Supplementary Information: The online version contains supplementary material available at 10.1186/s40494-021-00503-6.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectBiocodicology
dc.subjectLegal deeds
dc.subjectManuscripts
dc.subjectParchment
dc.subjectProteomics
dc.subjectSheepskin
dc.titleScratching the surface: the use of sheepskin parchment to deter textual erasure in early modern legal deeds.
dc.typeArticle
prism.issueIdentifier1
prism.publicationDate2021
prism.publicationNameHerit Sci
prism.startingPage29
prism.volume9
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.77608
dcterms.dateAccepted2021-02-17
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1186/s40494-021-00503-6
rioxxterms.versionVoR
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserved
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2021
dc.contributor.orcidDoherty, Sean Paul [0000-0002-5503-2734]
dc.contributor.orcidFiddyment, Sarah [0000-0002-8991-2318]
dc.contributor.orcidCollins, Matthew [0000-0003-4226-5501]
dc.identifier.eissn2050-7445
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
pubs.funder-project-idEuropean Research Council (787282)
cam.issuedOnline2021-03-25


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