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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Imaging and Decoding Fragile Manuscripts

Scientists Use New Method of Imaging to Decode Fragile Manuscripts

IBN Live | August 24, 2015

Norwegian researchers are developing new high-tech tools to unlock the secrets hidden in fragile pieces of parchment that are difficult to study because of their age, rarity and susceptibility to contamination.

MegaVision system
Testing of the MegaVision Cultural Heritage EVTM Imaging System showing LED sidelights with diffusers, and the E7 50 MP digital camera back on vertical mount. Source:
Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's Gunnerus Library are using a novel technique called hyperspectral imaging to determine the chemical composition of the pigments used in ancient manuscripts.

<more at; related links: (New hyperspectral imaging capabilities at the British Library. December 22, 2013) and (High tech tools used to understand medieval manuscripts. August 24, 2015)>

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