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Lawyers used sheepskin as anti-fraud device for hundreds of years to stop fraudsters pulling the woo

Phys.org

2021-03-25 09:22:06

Medieval and early modern lawyers chose to write on sheepskin parchment because it helped prevent fraud, new analysis suggests. Experts have identified the species of animals used for British legal documents dating from the 13th to 20th century, and have discovered they were almost always written on sheepskin, rather than goatskin or calfskin vellum.

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