Dental calculus on the lower jaw of a medieval woman entrapped lapis lazuli pigment. Image: Christina Warinner
Women were involved in the creation of Medieval manuscripts - human history short science news

The creation of richly illustrated manuscripts in the Middle Ages was the work of monks. Now, the discovery of pigment (lapis lazuli) used for illustration in the dental calculus of a woman buried at a 12th-century German monastery suggests that women were also involved in illustrating religious manuscripts.

The presence of the extremely expensive blue pigment in the woman’s mouth is most likely explained by her licking the tip of the brush while painting.

As illustrations were not signed by the artist in the Middle Ages, the contribution of women to the creation of medieval manuscripts has always remained hidden, until now.

Read the full story: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Scientific publication: Science Advances