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Materiality matters: new approaches to medieval wax seal studies

March 7th, 2016

Episode 456 of 474 episodes

Wax seals have been widely studied in terms of how they look, what they depict and what they might mean. But their physical characteristics and their importance as a method of communication are still not fully understood.Our 'Wax Seals in Context' project investigated the material composition, manufacture and use of medieval wax seals, to understand how this important medium of communication was made. It used visual examination, material analysis and archival evidence.The project focused on English royal and governmental seals of the 12th and 13th centuries.