Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Cairo Genizah Cholars Rebuild

Researchers at Tel Aviv University uses digital technology to restore more than 350,000 fragments of the famous Cairo Geniza, a collection of ancient and medieval Jewish writings discovered in Cairo in the late 19th century.

After its discovery, fragmentary texts, including the first Jewish religious texts, but also important business documents and personal letters from ninth to 19th century, were scattered among libraries and collections around the world, Cambridge in New York.

Today, scientists using the latest digital imaging technology for "couture" images of fragments of them in the hope of rebuilding whole or in part genizah valuable documents. Within months, they have already been confirmed adheres 1000, almost as many as were made in more than 100 years of work on Genizah fragments.

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