University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

The Digital Restoration Initiative: Reading the Invisible Library

Sunday 23 September 2018
2:00PM - 3:00PM
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Damaged artifacts that containing text (like scrolls) make up an “invisible library” of written material that is incredibly difficult to read. Progress over the past decade using new computer techniques for the digitization and analysis of text found in cultural objects like inscriptions, manuscripts, and scrolls, has led to workable, non-invasive methods for reading this invisible library. Dr. W. Brent Seales, Professor and Chairman, Computer Science, University of Kentucky, shares results collected over the past two decades from digital restoration projects on Homeric manuscripts, charred Herculaneum scrolls buried by Vesuvius, and Dead Sea scrolls, culminating in the reading of the text from within a damaged scroll unearthed at Ein-Gedi—hailed as one of the most significant biblical archaeology discoveries of the past decade. This lecture is presented by the Archaeological Institute of America, Philadelphia Society.

Free Admission.

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