StowawayWhat to do when you run out of parchment as a medieval scribe? You can look around for something else to write on, such as left-over parchment strips in the bin (schedulae), or use paper, if it is available. Alternatively, you can take a book that is no longer used from your monastery's library and scrape the text off its pages. You then simply reapply text of your own. Such recycling resulted in a 'palimpsest', which held a removed 'lower text' and a newer 'upper text'.