News: Syriac Palimpsest Decipherment

Call for Comments! (c/o Digital Medievalist)


The imaging team working on the Archimedes Palimpsest ( is turning its attention to another challenge. This is an extensive eighth or ninth century Syriac palimpsest containing an extensive unidentified text, almost certainly medical in nature. Again the manuscript is privately owned.

We are currently undertaking study images, with a view to identifying the text. After that has been done, the owner will determine whether or not to proceed with a full scale conservation imaging and scholarly program.

The images are currently being posted on the Image bank on the Archimedes Palimpsest website:

I would be most grateful for any comments, and if anyone thinks they can help, they can either email me directly at, or they can join the digital imaging community site at

Thank you so very much.

William Noel
Curator of manuscripts
The Walters Art Museum

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