Session Title

Textual Science: Digital Recovery of Manuscripts and of Cultural Heritage Objects

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Early Manuscripts Electronic Library

Organizer Name

Michael B. Phelps

Organizer Affiliation

Early Manuscripts Electronic Library

Presider Name

Lindy Brady

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Mississippi

Paper Title 1

Spectral Image Collection and Processing for Historical Manuscripts

Presenter 1 Name

Roger L. Easton, Jr.

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Rochester Institute of Technology

Paper Title 2

Textual Science for the Working Medievalist

Presenter 2 Name

Gregory Heyworth

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Mississippi

Paper Title 3

New Light on Henricus Martellus's World Map at Yale (ca. 1491): Multispectral Imaging and Early Renaissance Cartography

Presenter 3 Name

Chet Van Duzer

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Lazarus Project/Univ. of Mississippi

Paper Title 4

The Sinai Palimpsests Project: The Recovery of Erased Texts in the World's Oldest Library

Presenter 4 Name

Michael B. Phelps

Start Date

14-5-2016 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 2335

Description

Imaging technologies – multispectral, x-ray fluorescence, reflectance transformation imaging – have emerged as groundbreaking tools for the textual scholar working with damaged, obscured, or otherwise illegible texts. From the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Archimedes Palimpsest, to the palimpsests of St. Catherine's Monastery of the Sinai and individual medieval works such as the Vercelli Book and the Eschez d'Amours, the collaboration of textual scholars and imaging scientists offers opportunity to expand the corpus of texts and cultural heritage objects available for primary research.

This session introduces textual scholars and art historians to textual science as a new discipline that combines traditional philology and codicology with the latest imaging and material analysis techniques: (1) to recover damaged texts and cultural heritage objects, (2) to elucidate their methods of production, and (2) to determine authenticity and provenance.

Michael B. Phelps

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May 14th, 1:30 PM

Textual Science: Digital Recovery of Manuscripts and of Cultural Heritage Objects

Schneider 2335

Imaging technologies – multispectral, x-ray fluorescence, reflectance transformation imaging – have emerged as groundbreaking tools for the textual scholar working with damaged, obscured, or otherwise illegible texts. From the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Archimedes Palimpsest, to the palimpsests of St. Catherine's Monastery of the Sinai and individual medieval works such as the Vercelli Book and the Eschez d'Amours, the collaboration of textual scholars and imaging scientists offers opportunity to expand the corpus of texts and cultural heritage objects available for primary research.

This session introduces textual scholars and art historians to textual science as a new discipline that combines traditional philology and codicology with the latest imaging and material analysis techniques: (1) to recover damaged texts and cultural heritage objects, (2) to elucidate their methods of production, and (2) to determine authenticity and provenance.

Michael B. Phelps