8th Century Moravian Parchment Discovered

Researchers working in a Benedictine monastery in Rajhrad, Czech Republic, have made an accidental - and priceless - discovery: a fragment of an 8th century CE document, one of the oldest in Moravia.

The small fragment of parchment contains part of a text called the Pseudoisidorian Decretals, an 8th century document written to help uphold the supremacy of the pope. The parchment, one of the oldest Moravian cultural documents yet discovered, was found by accident in the binding an an 18th century book.