When I arrived this morning at Kastrup, the International Airport of Copenhagen, there was a strange feeling of déjà vu almost constantly. I guess that I am not the only frequent flyer using the same air company who experiences this… The reason is that on Wednesday I flew to Berlin, returned to Bergen on Saturday and arrived again in Denmark this morning on the way to Chicago. Why all this traveling? Work with Nubian texts of course! Let me explain:
My supervisor of thesis, and general editor of the Humboldt University Nubian Expedition publications, Claudia Näser, was kind enough to invite me to Berlin so as to collaborate with the conservators Myriam Krutzsch and Patricia Engel in the planning and first stage of a project that wishes to provide further insights into the manuscripts from Sur Island that H.U.N.E. discovered in 2007 and that have been the topic of my doctoral thesis.
These insights will be offered by chemical analyses of tanning procedures and types of ink used for these manuscripts, as well as image enhancement of those manuscripts that can be better understood by such means. The bulk of our work consisted of choosing the samples to be sent to Vienna where the Wiener Archäographisches Forum (WAF) will conduct the tests during summer.
It is incredible how many new ideas can arise from such a process and I am really looking forward to receiving the results from WAF.
Just as I am looking very much forward to flying to Chicago where I will work with the textual material discovered at the medieval phase of the town of Serra East in the frame of the publication of that site in the Oriental Institute Nubian Expedition monograph series of the University of Chicago. Naturally, my main collaborator will be Bruce Williams, the main agent of the OINE and a good friend indeed!
More from the other side of the Atlantic sooner than later…
…for now just one more thing from Berlin: working at the lab of Myriam Krutzsch is always a revelation as to how many different people come there for different reasons. This time it was two students from Japan, Tomohito Ono and Kazuki Fujinuma, wishing to obtain knowledge on skills on papyrus conservation in order to work with the papyrus collection hosted at their academic base at Tokai University in Japan.