Sinai Palimpsests Project

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

The Sinai Palimpsests Project is using state-of-the-art spectral imaging to recover erased texts from palimpsest manuscripts in the library of St. Catherine’s Monastery of the Sinai, the world’s oldest continually operating monastery. The monastery holds an exceptional collection of more than 160 palimpsests, the erased layers of which preserve unstudied texts from the 4th to the 12th century.

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Location: Egypt, Northern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): Early Manuscripts Electronic Library Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: $2,232,000 Commencement Date: 01/2018 Project Status: Active
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