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A Short Note On The Application Of Synchrotron-Based Micro-Tomography On The Dead Sea Scrolls

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The degradation of the Dead Sea Scrolls has been the topic of many scientific investigations. Such studies often involve the analysis of cross-sections, which requires sampling and subsequently the preparation of a fine cut through the parchment and its composing layers. The downside of this type of analysis, however, is threefold. First, it requires destructive sampling of the parchment. Second, mechanical polishing of the cross-section can introduce artifacts. Finally, a cross-section gives a rather arbitrary two-dimensional view on the more complex, three-dimensional structure of the parchment. This chapter presents preliminary, first-time results of a micro-tomographic visualization of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In various fields of conservation science, ranging from paintings to other layered artworks, the preparation of cross-sections is a routine form of analysis. Also in the case of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the stratigraphy of the parchment is of great interest to conservation scientists.

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls; parchment; synchrotron-based computed micro-tomography(CT)



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