From left, Beth Doyle, head of conservation for Duke University Libraries carefully moves a 2nd century B.C. papyrus painting on a strip of Egyptian mummy cartonnage (papyrus strips used in Egyptian funerary masks) while researcher Michael Toth directs Duke assistant professor of biomedicine and ophthalmology Sina Farsiu where to concentrate the Duke Eye Center's OCT imaging scanner on the artifact Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Toth was visiting Duke University this week to have samples of mummy cartonnage in Duke's collection analyzed with the OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) imaging scanner and also with narrow band spectral imaging to see if there are any hidden texts on the papyrus fragments.
From left, Beth Doyle, head of conservation for Duke University Libraries carefully moves a 2nd century B.C. papyrus painting on a strip of Egyptian mummy cartonnage (papyrus strips used in Egyptian funerary masks) while researcher Michael Toth directs Duke assistant professor of biomedicine and ophthalmology Sina Farsiu where to concentrate the Duke Eye Center's OCT imaging scanner on the artifact Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Toth was visiting Duke University this week to have samples of mummy cartonnage in Duke's collection analyzed with the OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) imaging scanner and also with narrow band spectral imaging to see if there are any hidden texts on the papyrus fragments. Harry Lynch hlynch@newsobserver.com
From left, Beth Doyle, head of conservation for Duke University Libraries carefully moves a 2nd century B.C. papyrus painting on a strip of Egyptian mummy cartonnage (papyrus strips used in Egyptian funerary masks) while researcher Michael Toth directs Duke assistant professor of biomedicine and ophthalmology Sina Farsiu where to concentrate the Duke Eye Center's OCT imaging scanner on the artifact Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Toth was visiting Duke University this week to have samples of mummy cartonnage in Duke's collection analyzed with the OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) imaging scanner and also with narrow band spectral imaging to see if there are any hidden texts on the papyrus fragments. Harry Lynch hlynch@newsobserver.com

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