Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts, Herculaneum papyri, Biblioteca Nazionale, Naples Italy


In February 1999 INSIGHTS reported on a proposed FARMS project involving multispectral imaging (MSI) of carbonized scrolls excavated at Herculaneum, an ancient site near Naples, Italy. One month later, a FARMS team traveled to the Biblioteca Nazionale in Naples to conduct tests on the Herculaneum papyri to see if these fragile, deteriorating texts could be successfully imaged. The test images surpassed all expectations, and the FARMS Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts (CPART) received permission to image the library’s collection of Herculaneum texts.