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Verena Lepper – How to Read Papyri: A Virtual Approach

June 6, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
365 Kaplan Hall,

The papyrus collection of the Egyptian Museum in Berlin contains several thousand papyri, including countless fragments of various sizes, some folded, some rolled, some wrapped. The writing is often hidden in the interior of the papyrus and is often inaccessible to methods that are only sensitive to areas close to the surface. The time-consuming physical unfolding process always carries the risk of damaging fragile objects. Alternatively, non-destructive, depth-sensitive methods provide access to the hidden texts and help to interpret them with respect to the time frame. The analysis of the materials used is also essential to decide which technique will be most effective and successful for virtual unfolding, and which ideas in ink making were used at what time over a period of 4000 years of Egyptian cultural history. This will be explored in a talk, as the folded time can be unfolded by looking at the ink in time.


About the Speaker

Dr. Verena Lepper is the curator for the Egyptian and Oriental Papyrus Collection of the Egyptian Museum of Berlin, Germany, and honorary professor at Humboldt University of Berlin. She oversees a collection of approximately 30,000 objects in ten different languages and scripts and has managed several exhibition and research projects in Germany and abroad. Her current research focuses on the project “Localizing 4000 Years of Cultural History: Texts and Scripts from Elephantine Island in Egypt,” supported by a grant from the European Research Council.



June 6, 2023
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm


365 Kaplan Hall