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The Sinai Palimpsests Project (2011 – ) at the Early Manuscripts Electronic Library

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The Sinai Palimpsests Project (2011 – ) at the Early Manuscripts Electronic Library
St Catherine's Monastery
A collaboration of St. Catherine’s Monastery of the Sinai, Egypt, and EMEL, made possible by a generous five-year grant from Arcadia.
St. Catherine’s Monastery, the world’s oldest continually operating monastery, holds 130 known palimpsests. The erased writings on these palimpsests date from the 4th-12th centuries and are mostly unidentified. If these erased writings can be recovered, the potential for major discoveries is outstanding.
The project seeks to:
• Use spectral imaging to recover erased ancient texts on palimpsests of St. Catherine’s Monastery.
• Identify and paleographically describe the erased texts, as possible.
• Publish legible images online, rendered accessible by a searchable catalog.
View image gallery here…
Online presentation of project results will be a publication of St. Catherine’s Monastery.
[website under construction – coming soon]

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