Wednesday, June 06, 2018

CSNTM Aquires MSI

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Great news from CSNTM this last month. They have been working on raising funds for a multi-spectral imaging (MSI) camera and they have now acquired one. Just last week they posted photos of the team training on the new machine.
I have heard from staff there that they already planning to use it on trips planned for this summer. For those who don’t know, MSI is extremely helpful for reading palimpsests and was used extensively, for example, on the Sinai Palimpsest Project. I am sure this new tool will make CSNTM even more in demand. Do think about supporting them if you are able.



7 comments :

  1. Would this technology also be useful for restoring faded graffiti, such as in Pompeii?

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    1. Probably. As long as it is able to be picked up by a band of light, it should be able to have fluorescence. Are you thinking of stuff outside? I could see that being the biggest obstacle, since you need it to be pretty dark.

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  2. Does anyone know what specific wave lengths are required to do the work?

    Or it is merely try as many wave lengths of light as possible to see what works?

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    1. It all depends on the composition of the ink. That composition will react under different lights, so unless the specific composition is known, which is unlikely, then you run through a series of light bands to determine what produces the best results.

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  3. Will you also be doing image-processing?

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  4. (Start taking apart those antiphonary bindings, folks!)

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