Ancient Sinai manuscripts being digitized

Published on September 10th, 2012 | by Admin


Researchers at the Sacred and Imperial Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount of Sinai are working to digitize the library’s collection of ancient manuscripts, hoping to reveal lost texts in the process.

The image he has paused to appreciate is one of a steady stream coming from the room next door, where a high-definition camera is focused on one of the monastery’s rare and priceless ancient manuscripts. The manuscript rests in a cradle that looks like a chair tilted back at an angle, but with hydraulic lines and strange lights attached.

One more room over, in the makeshift command center, specialists are scrutinizing the day’s results, and the monastery’s head librarian, a wispy gray beard to his stomach, waits in a red velvet chair for the next request to turn a fragile manuscript page.

“This is the first time since the 9th century that anyone has seen this,” Toth says of hints of text below the more visible words.

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Story & Photo: Mark Schrope, Washington Post

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