Archimedes Palimpsest Project celebrates 10th anniversary

William Noel, Curator of Manuscripts for the Walters Art Museum, reports that the Archimedes Palimpsest Project has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. The project was established to rediscover lost passages from the 13th century Byzantine prayerbook containing at seven treatises by Archimedes.

The manuscript was purchased at auction in 1998 and has resided at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland where it has been restored. Text once believed to be lost has been rediscovered through restoration and imaging.

From the website:

On 29th October 2008, we celebrated the ten year anniversary of the project. What was erased text, in terrible condition, impossible to access, and yet foundational to the history and science of the West, is now legible, and instantly available for free (click "original article" below).