Friday, March 23, 2012

Story behind Faddan More Psalter discovery told at John Rylands Library

The fascinating story behind a 1,200-year-old book unearthed by a mechanical digger operator six years ago in an Irish bog was told by the man who is supervising its conservation.

John Gillis, a Senior Conservator of books and manuscripts at Trinity College Library, Ireland, spoke at The John Rylands Library yesterday in an event jointly organised by the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies (MANCASS), based at The University of Manchester, and Manchester Medieval Society.

As the first medieval manuscript ever found in a wetland environment, the Faddan More Psalter is one of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries ever made. Mr Gillis, who is working with the National Museum of Ireland on examining and conserving the manuscript, described the latest discoveries he has made about the remarkable artefact.

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