As reported in the Calgary Herald, last weekend the Congress of the Humanities and Social Science demonstrated a revealing and exciting use of ultra high resolution visualization technology at the University of Calgary visualization studio. They looked at an ancient manuscript with a process known as multispectral imaging and displayed it upon a 6′ x 16′ wide, 35 million megapixel video wall. The results were astounding. The new view illuminated never before seen pigmentation and allowed for fresh interpretation of the documents, and revealed markings underneath otherwise visible pictures and text.
They envision that this technology can also be used on fire damaged documents which could possibly open our eyes to ancient and hidden texts we have never been able to see before. It’s a very exciting use-case and something we can all stand to benefit from across cultures and around the world.