Digital Unwrapping: Homer, Herculaneum, and the Scroll from En-Gedi

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Progress over the past fifteen years in the digitization and analysis of text found in cultural objects (inscriptions, manuscripts, scrolls) has led this past year to a new and astonishing discovery. This talk will tell the story of emerging methods for imaging and analysis culminating in a personal account of the discovery, the people involved, and the technical approaches used. The digitization of damaged objects supports a new era of collaboration and exploration that has enabled compelling new discoveries and solutions to long-standing problems.

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A presentation at the University of Kentucky Physics & Astronomy Colloquium in Lexington, KY.