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February 24, 2015

Welcome to the final week of Digging Deeper: Making Manuscripts. In this last session of our first course, we’ll be wrapping things up with a discussion of particular manuscript case studies, including a stunning multilingual book with a large range of different kinds of texts. We’ll also look at the ways we can employ details from manuscripts to form a picture of the history of individual codices. We hope you enjoy the week’s activities, and we look forward to seeing you again in our second Digging Deeper course--The Form and Function of Manuscripts--which starts in April.

Please note that the end date/time for Digging Deeper: Making Manuscripts is March 6th at 16:00 UTC, so all work must be completed by that point to earn the Statement of Accomplishment.

Thank you all, and see you next time!

February 17, 2015

Welcome to Week 5, where we'll be zooming in on some key features of scribal practice. We'll pay particular attention to the ways in which palaeographers go about describing the hand of the scribe, and we'll ask you to look closely at Aspect, Duct, and the component parts of letter-forms. We're going to use an Old English example for our main feature, but the discussion applies to any manuscript from any period. We hope you enjoy it!

February 10, 2015

Hello! Welcome to Week 4 of ‘Digging Deeper’. This week, we’ll be investigating one of the most interesting and complex areas of manuscript studies: quiring and page preparation. We have video, detailed scrutiny of manuscript pages, and exercises on manuscript make-up to test you. We are following closely the discussion points you raise each week, and we’re delighted to receive your feedback. We’re keeping an eye on #DDMss on Twitter, too. Thank you so much for participating on this course. We’re more than half-way through and you’re all doing a fantastic job.

February 3, 2015

Welcome to Week 3! This week, we'll look 'Outside the Book' at the ways we discover where books are, how they're named, and how we begin our evaluation of the textual object's physical make-up. We'll also consider other kinds of manuscript artefacts, such as scrolls and documents or 'diplomata' that don't traditionally get discussed when we talk about books.

January 27, 2015

Welcome to Week 2! This week, the team is exploring the materials that were used in the production (and display) of medieval manuscripts and scrolls, from papyrus to membrane to paper to the digital realm. We also have an interesting piece of transcription for you, which is a manuscript written in Old English. We hope you enjoy all elements we’ve put together. We’ve had tremendously positive feedback after Week 1, which has been a pleasure to read, but we’re keeping a look out for issues that arise, or questions you might have, so please do stay in touch. You can find us on Twitter, too (@etreharne).

January 19, 2015

Hello, and welcome to Digging Deeper! Our first section of content is now available – please click the Courseware link on the top left of this page to begin viewing the course materials. We look forward to exploring medieval manuscripts with you over the coming weeks, and we hope you enjoy the course!

– Digging Deeper course team

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