Reseach Field K
Various materials have been employed to produce written artefacts. The selection of these materials is not accidental but depends on several factors: the availability and costs of certain products, their quality and durability, but also the meaning and value that specific materials had for writers and patrons, and the traditions and norms of their society. These choices define written artefacts and at the same time affect their circulation, accessibility, and preservation.
The Research Unit ‘Material Choices’ will contextualise the information acquired through the investigation of the materials, including the data collected through scientific analysis, to uncover preferences, patterns, and their underlying reasons. Further cross-cultural and diachronic comparisons will highlight shared features and emphasise peculiarities that are specific to certain areas and contexts.
Spokesperson: Claudia Colini
The Scribe’s Choice: Writing Supports in Arabic Documents of the Early Islamic Centuries
From carbon to iron: Evolution of Greek inks from Hellenistic times to Late Antiquity
Studies on the Middle Iranian Manuscript Fragments in Sogdian Script in the Berlin Turfan Collection
Reconstructing the Scope of Old Uyghur Book Forms Based on the Handwritten Remains of Half a Millennium of Literature: A Pilot Study Based on Buddhist Manuscripts