Manuscript studies are going hi-tech.
Historical researchers working on manuscripts from the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods can now utilize sophisticated imaging instruments to reveal traces of ink and other materials that have faded and are no longer legible.
Digital humanities projects involve much more than merely scanning and digitization projects. Most humanities scholars are familiar with online digital humanities resources, which are certainly helpful in expanding accessibility to humanities documents. Some humanities researchers are developing research techniques and tools that allow scholars to examine documents and collections in entirely new ways.
The Economist reports on the multispectral imaging instruments and techniques being used by a team of researchers at the University of Oxford.
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