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About Papyrology (The Study of Papyri)

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Center for Tebtunis Papyri on NOVA’s ScienceNOW

Good starting questions for understanding papyri include, what are they? How are they studied?

NOVA’s video segment answers these and other questions.  It describes a technology called multispectral imaging, which allows researchers to see more of a papyrus than they can with any other tool to date.  

The NOVA segment features a number of scenes filmed in CTP's quarters in 2006.  Papyrologist and CTP Director Todd Hickey appears in a non-speaking role.

View the video.