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Spectral Imaging Reveals Ancient Texts @ Mt. Sinai Monastery

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
    http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/56022.htm Spectral Imaging at the Library of St. Catherine s Monastery Reveals Ancient Texts Sept. 11, 2012
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      Spectral Imaging at the Library of St. Catherine's Monastery Reveals Ancient
      Sept. 11, 2012

      Justin_toth Father
      Justin, the librarian of St. Catherine's Monastery, and Michael B. Toth, the
      Sinai Palimpsest Project Program Manager, will speak at the U.S. National
      Archives and Records Administration on November 19, 2012 about a fascinating
      project they are managing: resurrecting texts from documents that are 1,000 to
      2,000 years old. The talk will be broadcast on the World Wide Web so you can
      listen to it from your home or office without traveling to Washington, D.C.
      Father Justin and Michael B. Toth will discuss how advanced spectral imaging
      is revealing ancient texts in the remote library of a Greek Orthodox monastery
      in Egypt's Sinai desert. The monastery has a very important collection of
      manuscripts, the earliest *dating from the fourth century*.
      Because writing materials were sometimes scarce, the library contains many
      palimpsests -- manuscripts where the original text was erased, and the valuable
      parchment used a second time. The faint original texts can often be recovered
      through the use of spectral imaging.

      Scientists, scholars, and technical experts are working in
      close collaboration with Archbishop Damianos and the monks to spectrally image
      significant manuscripts from the monastery's rich collection of palimpsests. The
      system is similar to the one used by the Library of Congress Preservation
      Division for the past five years to study America's Top Treasures and other
      manuscripts. This five year program is conducted under the auspices of the
      nonprofit Early Manuscripts Electronic Library (EMEL), and sponsored by the
      UK-based Arcadia Foundation.
      Fr. Justin Sinaites is the Librarian of the Sacred and Imperial Monastery of
      the God-Trodden Mount of Sinai. The Library contains some 3,300 manuscripts,
      8,000 early printed books and an important archive containing letters, account
      books, charters, and other documents.
      Michael B. Toth, president of R.B. Toth Associates, brings over 25 years of
      experience with systems integration, program management and strategic planning
      to support museums and libraries as they capitalize on advances in information
      and digital imaging technology.
      Seats are limited at this event. Even the webcast will be restricted by
      bandwidth considerations to a limited number of people. You need to make
      reservations NOW. More information may be found at http://www.loc.gov/preservation/outreach/tops/ancient_text/ancient_text.html
      Online Geneology Network

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