Apocalypto: Revealing the Bressingham Roll


Since the development of X-Ray Microtomography in London Hospital Medical College (now part of Queen Mary University of London) in the 1980s, we have strived to increase our contrast resolution - to see features in the grey level of the images. We are now at the stage where we can see details that are invisible to commercial scanners. This lead us to the question, 'Can modern X- Ray technology and image processing techniques retrieve textual content from damaged parchment rolls?' We think this article will conclusively show that we can apply our techniques to heritage objects and produce information of value to the conservation and archivist communities.

Journal of PaperConservation Vol. 15 (2014), No. 3