Thursday, June 07, 2018

Multispectral imaging at Duke

TECHNOLOGY WATCH: Incredible 'Harry Potter' camera can reveal hidden texts on ancient parchment (Mollie Cahillane, Daily Mail).
• An imaging technique at Duke Libraries can make decayed texts visible again
• Multispectral imaging (MSI) captures images under different colors of light
• MSI shows details that are usually invisible to humans or a standard camera
• Particularly useful for historians, archivists, and conservators to fight decay

Examples include recovery of a crest on a manuscript of Pliny's Natural History and the recovery of illegible text on a page of a Hebrew manuscript containing Deuteronomy 4.

Some past PaleoJudaica posts on manuscripts and multispectral imaging are collected here.

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