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The Sinai Project

Sinai XRF

In the former FWF-Project P19608 The Sinaitic Glagolitic Euchology- (Sacramentary-) Fragments, project coordinator Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Heinz Miklas, an interdisciplinary cooperation of philologists (ISS), computer scientists (CVL) and chemists (ISTA) pursued three principal goals:

  1. the investigation and edition of two Old Slavonic liturgical manuscripts in Glagolitic script (Euchologium and Missale Sinaiticum – Sin. slav. 1N and 5N) from the 11th cent., which belong to the new finds made in 1975 at St. Catherine's Monastery on Mt. Sinai;
  2. the use of the latest image acquisition and processing technologies as well as the development of new computer programs for the decipherment and automatic analysis of the badly preserved fragments;
  3. the x-ray analysis of the materials from which the manuscripts were manufactured (parchment, inks, pigments). Lucky circumstances permitted us to increase the number of manuscripts to be investigated, especially by the most voluminous hitherto unedited new find, the Demetrius’ Psalter (Sin. slav. 3N).  The comparison of these witnesses with further mss. led to astonishing results.
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