Friday, August 29, 2008

Article: Dead Sea Scrolls go from parchment to the Internet

This is wonderful news about the Dead Sea Scrolls!

Over the next two years, the Israel Antiquities Authority will digitally photograph and scan every bit of crumbling parchment and papyrus that makes up the scrolls, which include the oldest written record of the Bible's Old Testament.

The images eventually will be posted on the Internet for anyone to see.

I had always heard that some of the scrolls were too fragile to handle, so I will be curious to hear about the process they will be using. Obviously, they are assembling a team that is well-funded and that will be using the best technology and technique. As Simon Tanner, director of King's Digital Consultancy Services, said:
Just by applying the latest infrared technologies and shooting at very high detail, lots of resolution, we are already opening up new characters from the scrolls that are either extremely indistinct or you just couldn't see them before.

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