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A case study of the Ancientbiotics collaboration

Connelly, Erin; Lee, Christina; Furner-Pardoe, Jessica; del Genio, Charo I.; Harrison, Freya

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Erin Connelly

Jessica Furner-Pardoe

Charo I. del Genio

Freya Harrison


Collaborations that cross traditional boundaries between disciplines in STEM and the arts and humanities open up exciting research possibilities. In our team’s case, we combined expertise in historical manuscripts, data science, and microbiology to explore the structure and potential efficacy of historical medical recipes. Such an approach can highlight patterns or questions that a single-disciplinary approach is likely to miss. But learning to speak each other’s disciplinary languages is not always easy, and misunderstandings can impede work. Here, we present our own experiences as a case study of how we have learned from each other to ask new questions of our source material and the problems we have had to solve along the way.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 21, 2022
Online Publication Date Dec 9, 2022
Publication Date Dec 9, 2022
Deposit Date Dec 19, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 9, 2023
Journal Patterns
Electronic ISSN 2666-3899
Publisher Elsevier BV
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 12
Article Number 100632
Keywords General Decision Sciences
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