Stylus found at Jedburgh Abbey, Roxburghshire

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Stylus found at Jedburgh Abbey, Roxburghshire

A stylus is a needle-like implement for writing, often used on wax tablets. The sharp end was used to write with, the blunt to rub out mistakes. This bone example from Jedburgh Abbey in Roxburghshire dates from between the 12th and 15th century.

Stylus from Jedburgh Abbey

In medieval times, all books and documents were written by hand, usually by churchmen. Those who wished to learn to read and write went to the Church for education.

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Online ID: 000-100-067-780-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.HXB 9
Date: Between the 12th and 15th century
Dimensions: 79 mm L x 9 mm Dia
What: Stylus
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Jedburgh Abbey
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