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Parchment Prickers, Battle Abbey

11th–15th century

English Heritage

English Heritage

A number of objects associated with book-writing were excavated from the dissolution debris outside the Reredorter. These items included a variety of bone parchment prickers. The quantity suggests that manuscripts were being produced until the end of the Middle Ages. Metal pins on the ends of the prickers were used to mark out illuminated letters and illustrations before ink was applied to finish the manuscripts.

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