The focus of the study is on identifying the pigments used for decoration and inks, using non-destructive techniques available through the Preservation and Conservation Department of the Library.
The researchers aim to look at similarity in the materials used in the production of the manuscripts and will seek to address questions around the sources of supply and to re-address questions around features which distinguish Irish-produced manuscripts. The results of the analyses will provide considerable new information on the materials used during the Dark Ages.
The first phase of the analysis will begin in October 2009
The Book of Durrow dated to the latter half of seventh century, is considered to be the earliest example of an Hiberno-Saxon Insular illuminated manuscript.