Digitising the Dead Sea Scrolls

Simon Tanner, Greg Bearman

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The Dead Sea Scrolls are objects of unrivalled importance and fragility. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) invited a number of experts to provide advice to them regarding the possibility of digitising the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS). This led to a research pilot of the imaging technology in August 2008. This paper will describe the innovative workflows and technology used in the Pilot, and further developed since then, to deliver unique perspectives on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Of particular interest is the spectral imaging of selected fragments between 650-1000 nm with a nominal bandwidth of 10 nm. This technique and the experience of the Pilot offer many lessons for other such imaging and conservation projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchiving 2009
Place of PublicationArlington, VA
PublisherThe Society for Imaging Science and Technology
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-0-89208-284-1
Publication statusPublished - May 2009


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