Curious devices, forbidden artifacts, mysterious creatures, and intriguing documents.
The mold on the pages looks quite convincing. Parchment being basically dried (parched) animal skin can indeed get moldy, as can paper. Some of the photos of damaged documents being conserved in this article might help prop makers in producing convincing effects: http://cool.conservation-us.org/coolaic/sg/bpg/annual/v15/bp15-14.html For some photos of decayed papyri, you need only do a little Googling: Dead Sea Scrolls, Ptolemaic papyri & etc
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