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Imaging the past: recent applications of multispectral imaging technology to deciphering manuscripts

  • Douglas M. Chabries, Steven W. Booras (a1) and Gregory H. Bearman (a2)

Multi-spectral imaging (MSI), which was developed to explore the surface of the earth and other planets from space, has been adapted to read and record faded or burnt manuscripts. The authors show how MSI achieved new readings from carbonised and damaged fragments of papyrus scrolls from Herculaneum, Petra and the Judean Desert. The method has potential for investigating the degraded ornamental surfaces of other artefacts.

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