ARC Discovery Projects Successes!

ARC Discovery Projects Successes!

ARC Discovery Projects Successes!

Huge congratulations to our successful ARC Discovery Projects 2019 recipient, Damian Gore!

Huge congratulations to our successful ARC Discovery Projects 2019 recipient, Damian Gore!

Project Details:

There are only a finite number of papyri in the world and many of them could be more valuable if we knew more about them. Many of the papyri in collections are unprovenanced – and we don’t know who wrote them, when, or where. If only we had some way to take an anonymous piece of papyrus and put it back into a sense of who, when and where. Professors Malcolm Choat (Ancient History), Damian Gore (Environmental Sciences) and Rodney Ast (University of Heidelberg) hope to develop characteristic “fingerprints” of the chemistry of ancient papyri and their inks, and in so doing we hope to be able to reassemble the fragmentary texts that are so common in papyrus collections around the world.

Papyrus (Macquarie University collection) showing the fragmentary nature of many papyri. The text is readily legible, even though this papyrus is in nine pieces. Should these pieces be separated, our groundbreaking research will be able to be used to reassemble them into one, meaningful document. The imaged area is 350 mm wide.

Papyrus (Macquarie University collection) showing Greek text for the name “Joseph” in white light (top left); bottom left is an image of aluminum intensity; top right is an image of phosphorus intensity; bottom right is an image of sulfur intensity. The imaged area is 30 mm wide.

More information on successful grants can be found here.

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