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Early Manuscripts Electronic Library

The Early Manuscripts Electronic Library (EMEL) uses digital technologies to make manuscripts and other historical source materials accessible for study and appreciation by scholars and the public.

Our Motivation

Fragile parchment, papyrus and paper manuscripts, written centuries ago, are the bearers of much of our intellectual, religious, and artistic heritage.

But they are a finite resource. Each year mold, fire and human conflicts destroy and deface irreplaceable manuscripts.

Our Strategy

Digital technologies can recover writing on ancient manuscripts that the human eye cannot see due to damage, deterioration or erasure and can preserve these writings for future generations.

EMEL and its affiliated experts offer creative solutions to digitally recover and record vulnerable cultural heritage.

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Early Manuscripts Electronic Library Projects

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Sinai Palimpsests Project

To survey and digitize palimpsest manuscripts in the library of St. Catherine's Monastery in Sinai.

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