The Lying Pen of Scribes project is funded by a FRIPRO Toppforsk-grant from the Research Council of Norway (2019-24), hosted by the University of Agder (UiA), and chaired by Professor Årstein Justnes. In this project, an interdisciplinary team of researchers at UiA, NLA University College, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion, and Society, and NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
The main goal of the Lying Pen of Scribes project is to produce a comprehensive resource of data, methods, and procedures for the interdisciplinary analysis of Hebrew and Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls manuscripts and fragments through a combination of physical analyses, digital imaging, machine learning, study of scribal practices and media, and critical provenance research The position will have a focus on image and machine learning based pattern analysis for classification and identification of various kinds of images and metadata related to ancient manuscripts, especially Dead Sea Scroll manuscripts and fragments.

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