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Medieval women’s early involvement in manuscript production suggested by lapis lazuli identification in dental calculus

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Science Advances  09 Jan 2019:
Vol. 5, no. 1, eaau7126
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau7126

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  • RE: Medieval woman's early involvemnt in manuscript production suggested by lapis lazuli identification in dental calculus
    • Robert Renner, Dentist, University at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, 11994, USA

    As as dental anatomist, and medieval ms collector I appreciated the uncovering of women in addition to men in the production of medieval manuscripts. But as a dental researcher I would hope there would be more than one example of lapis lazuli found in dental calculus in this medieval nun. A single example would not pass the muster of saying that nuns were part of medieval scriptorium unless numerous other examples were unearthed. But the research is truly fascinating and opens a new light on medieval manuscript production. Respectfully, Robert P. Renner,D.D.S., Professor (Emeritus), University at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, USA. Email rprenner@gmail.com.

    Competing Interests: None declared.

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