Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Medieval Psalter found in Irish Bog

This should be of interest to anyone who was intrigued by my review of Lake of Sorrows by Erin Hart. A Medieval Psalter was found recently in the bogs of the Irish Midlands, the same area portrayed in Hart's novel. The Medieval Psalter is estimated to have been in the bog for 1,000 - 1,200 years.

According to The Guardian:
"The National Museum of Ireland hailed the discovery as the "Irish equivalent to the Dead Sea scrolls" and the "greatest find ever from a European bog". The Dead Sea scrolls, found in the mid-20th century, contain some of the earliest known surviving biblical documents...The 20 or so pages, which seem to be those of a slim, large format book with a wraparound vellum cover, were taken to the museum last Friday. After a long and painstaking process of restoration, they will be displayed in its Early Christian gallery alongside such treasures as the Ardagh chalice and the Derrynaflan paten."
The National Museum of Ireland Press Release on the find can be found here.

Thanks to Reading Matters for pointing out this find.

1 comment:

Victoria said...

I'm so ridiculously excited about this. I want to pull up all the images of it and *read* it (not that I'm all that au fait with Irish uncial script from the 9th century, but I can have a go). It's like when people find secret book stashes in monasteries or stumble upon uncatalogued rolls in archives. Must do that some day. :-)