Sinai Palimpsests Project

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From the project website (accessed 2016-01-14):

The Sinai Palimpsests Project is a collaboration of St. Catherine’s Monastery of the Sinai and the Early Manuscripts Electronic Library, generously funded by Arcadia over a five-year period. Its primary goals are to:

  • Make erased ancient texts in St. Catherine’s palimpsests legible using spectral imaging.
  • Identify the erased texts and describe their palaeography.
  • Publish an online digital library of Sinai palimpsests featuring high-quality digital images that are searchable through an electronic catalog.

The Library of Sinai

Built between 548 and 565 CE, St. Catherine’s Monastery is the world’s oldest continually operating monastery, and its library holds an exceptional collection of manuscripts from the first millennium CE. Among these are more than 160 known palimpsests, the erased layers of which preserve unstudied texts from as early as the 4th century.