Workshop on Scientific Imaging of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Monday, 22 February 2021, 13:00 – 18:00 CET

An open one-day workshop gathering Dead Sea Scrolls experts and scholars in analytical and scientific imaging methods.  The workshop is organized as part of The Lying Pen of Scribes – Manuscript Forgeries, Digital Imaging, and Critical Provenance Research (RCN FRIPRO Toppforsk 2019-2024 (

Considering the impact of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of all participants is our priority. Therefore, the workshop will be held fully virtual. A link to Zoom rooms will be published in our website and shared by email with instructions and guidelines on how to join a few days before the workshop.

Registration is mandatory and is due 18 February 2021 through the following link:

Workshop program (download here)

13:00 – 13:10 Opening and Introduction
Sule Yildirim Yayilgan, NTNU–Norwegian University of Science and Technology
13:10 – 14:00 “Material Analysis of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Method – Interpretation – Presentation”
Ira Rabin, BAM–Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing
14:00 – 14:30 “Deciphering Dead Sea Scrolls in Light of Imaging Techniques”
Michael Langlois, University of Strasbourg
14:30 – 14:50 Coffee break
14:50 – 15:20 “Digital Palaeography of the Dead Sea Scrolls: A Case Study on the Great Isaiah Scroll (1QIsaa)”
Maruf A. Dhali, University of Groningen
15:20 – 16:05 “Lessons Learned from the Scientific Analysis of the Museum of the Bible (MOTB) Dead Sea Scroll Collection”
Colette Loll, ArtFraudInsights; Jennifer Mass, Scientific Analysis of Fine Arts
16:05 – 16:35 Break
16:35 – 17:15 “Imaging Activities at the Colourlab and Their Cultural Heritage Applications”
Jon Y. Hardeberg, Sony George, Hilda Deborah
NTNU–Norwegian University of Science and Technology
17:20 – 17:50 Panel discussion
17:50 – 18:00 Closing remarks
Årstein Justnes, University of Agder

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