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Multispectral imaging: results

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The image below shows lines 59-67 of the loan contract P.Oxy. LXIII 4395, dated to c. 499-500. Below line 62, the papyrus surface becomes extremely dark: under natural light, the ink traces are virtually indistinguishable. The infra-red image obtained with MSI brings out a whole line of writing that was left out of the original edition.

The papyrus as it appears to the naked eye. Move the mouse pointer over the image to display the text revealed by multispectral imaging in the infra-red region. Click here for a larger version of the infra-red image. For further options, see the instructions below.


Advanced options, including 'zoom' and 'rewind', are available from the Flash menu. To bring up the menu (shown here), click on the image with the right-hand mouse button (Windows users) or click on the image with the mouse button while holding down the 'ctrl'/'control' key (Macintosh users).

Once you have zoomed in, you can move around inside the image by clicking the mouse button (the left-hand mouse button for Windows users) and moving the mouse in the direction desired while keeping the button depressed. (You may first need to select 'Forward' from the Flash menu, as described above.)