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MF CASR Tuesday Lunch w/ Liv Ingeborg Lied
"The Lying Pen of Scribes"
Manuscript Forgeries, Digital Imaging, and Provenance Research
The forgery of more than 70 so-called post-2002 Dead Sea Scrolls fragments and subsequent publishing of a majority of them, disclosed a fundamental and multi-faceted crisis in the field of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran studies: the new fragments were promoted by leading scholars; they were published by some of the most reputable in the field; they “survived” advanced physical testing, and were authenticated by renowned palaeographers. The fragments became part of the world famous Dead Sea Scrolls dataset, even though they were undocumented, unprovenanced, and forged.
The new RCN-funded project "The Lying Pen of Scribes" brings together researchers from Image Sciences, Physics, Archaeology, Religious Studies and Dead Sea Scroll studies and represents a new interdisciplinary and holistic approach to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Work package 3 of the project, which is chaired from MF, will focus on provenance research, media history, and ethics. Brent Nongbri and Liv Ingeborg Lied are members of the research group.
Join us for an informal lunch to hear more about this project. We'll provide coffee and tea.