19 July 2019 Start
19 July 2019 End
16:30 Time
United Kingdom Institute of Classical Studies Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


Archeometric analysis of inks from Coptic manuscripts

Friday July 19, 2019

As part of the Digital Classicist London 2019 seminar series Tea Ghigo et al. (BAM, Berlin/La Sapienza, Rome) will present the topic “Archeometric analysis of inks from Coptic manuscripts”.


The main aim of this research project is to record the technological evolution of writing inks in early Christian Egypt. We aim at reconstructing a geo-chronological map displaying the types of ink used in different areas. Our multi-analytical approach consists of different imaging and spectroscopic techniques to detect the composition of black and coloured inks. Once enough data have been collected, we will be able to place in time and space unknown manuscripts. In the meanwhile, our work supports palaeographic and codicological studies, helping distinguish different writing phases on a manuscript or in the reconstruction of ancient libraries.

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