Multispectral imaging as a tool for enhancing the reading of Ostraca

Barak Sober*, Shira Faigenbaum, Itzhaq Beit-Arieh, Israel Finkelstein, Murray Moinester, Eli Piasetzkey, Arie Shaus

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A recent study shows that multispectral (MS) imaging can improve the legibility of ostraca. Several examples of Iron Age ostraca unearthed over twenty years ago in Israel (H?orvat ?Uza and H?orvat Radum) are presented, showing how new images taken with an MS system improve the reading of inscriptions that have significantly faded over time. The article provides instructions for constructing a simple and low-cost MS imaging system that yields comparable results to commercial systems.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)185-197
Number of pages13
JournalPalestine Exploration Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Publisher Copyright:
© Palestine Exploration Fund 2014.


  • Epigraphy
  • Multispectral imaging
  • Ostraca
  • Visible and near infrared photography


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