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Full Title

DigiByzSeal – Unlocking the Hidden Value of Seals: New Methodologies for Historical Research in Byzantine Studies

Funding Information

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft & Agence Nationale de la Recherche (2022-2025)



Principal Investigators
  • Claes Neuefeind (Universität zu Köln)
  • Claudia Sode (Universität zu Köln)
  • Alessio Sopracasa (Sorbonne Université - CNRS UMR 8167)
French Team
  • Numa Buchs (CNRS UMR 8167)
  • Jean-Claude Cheynet (CNRS UMR 8167)
  • Sima Meziridou (CNRS UMR 8167)
  • Vivien Prigent (EFR - CNRS UMR 8167)
German Team
  • Jan Bigalke (CCeH)
  • Jonathan Blumtritt (CCeH)
  • Maria Teresa Catalano (Universität zu Köln)
  • Sviatoslav Drach (CCeH)
  • Sofia Efthymoglou (Universität zu Köln)
  • Pia Tabea Charlene Evening (Universität zu Köln)
  • Martina Filosa (Universität zu Köln)
  • Benedikte Löbbert (CCeH)
  • Marcel Schaeben (CCeH)


The project DigiByzSeal aims to harness digital tools to enhance the study of Byzantine sigillography, focusing on the vast number of informative seals from Byzantium. The initiative will publish and analyze four major seal collections, improve the encoding standard SigiDoc, utilize Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) for seal presentation, and introduce resources like geodata. A centralized sigillographic portal will be developed for global searches. To ensure the longevity and impact of these digital tools, resources will be conserved by major research infrastructures, while knowledge-sharing and training will be emphasized to enrich the field and reach a broader audience.

Recommended Readings

  • Sopracasa, Alessio, Martina Filosa, and Simona Stoyanova. 2020. “The Digital Enhancement of a Discipline Byzantine Sigillography and Digital Humanities: Byzantine Sigillography and Digital Humanities.” Magazén 1: 101–28. https://doi.org/10.30687/mag//2020/01/006.
  • Sopracasa, Alessio. 2022. “La Sigillographie Byzantine à l’épreuve Du Numérique: SigiDoc 1.0.” Revue des Études Byzantines 80: 315–31. https://doi.org/10.2143/REB.80.0.3290904.