Friday, May 13, 2005

Another Vatican digitization project

As reported in the Asahi Shimbun:

Hoping to unlock secrets hidden in the ancient and medieval texts in its collection, the Vatican Library has turned to Tokyo-based Toppan Printing Co. for some high-tech help.

They will look at 200 parchment manuscripts with ultraviolet rays using experimental equipment now in development by Toppan Printing in hopes of reading was had been erased and written over. The technique will focus on "reading" ink residues. The process, which includes digitization, should turn the erased writings green and thus make them readable.


Anonymous said...

200 manuscripts, not 200-year-old manuscripts. There wasn't a lot of parchment being used in 1805!

Jill Hurst-Wahl said...

Thanks for the correction. A bad mistake by me made at the end of a long day.