Editing and study of the collections


For decades now, papyrologists consider the material dimension of the documents they study, since they are objects recovered from the past. To considerations such as the quality of the manufacture of the papyrus material, the distribution and use of the space in the document and the formality of the writing, among other aspects, we now add the application of archaeometric techniques to the papyrus material, as the archaeological object that it is.

Particularly the study of the composition of the inks, but also that of the support, is presented as a valuable tool for the characterization of a material that in most cases has come to us in a very fragmentary and completely decontextualized way. In this field, the members of our research team Núria Ferrer Felis, from the Department of Molecular Spectroscopy of the Centres Científics i Tecnològics de la Universitat de Barcelona, Rafael Álvarez Nogal, from the Departamento de Biología Molecular de la Universidad de León and Javier Aller Fernández y Fernando José Pereira García, from the Departamento de Química y Física Aplicadas de la Universidad de León, are working on the application of techniques such as infrared, Raman and SEM spectroscopy to specimina from the Palau Ribes collection, and our collaboration with the BAM (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung) through Tea Ghigo has meant the application of complementary techniques such as X-ray spectroscopy.