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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Palimpsest


Back when paper was made from papyrus and leather parchment, it was more expensive than paper from wood pulp. On the bright side, it was also re-usable. So a number of manuscripts that have survived from the Middle Ages - lives of Saint Hokum of Bunglesthorp, and the like - are written on parchment from the Roman era, from which the prior writing was washed clear.

Now, apparently, we can re-read it again.

This will prove particularly useful when we go into what Arabic scriptures got washed off of old manuscripts of the Qur'an...


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