Horizon 2020
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Ancient manuscripts in Ethiopia: preserving an historical and cultural heritage

Prof. Nosnitsin’s ETHIO-SPARE project made several field trips to North Ethiopia to identify the most important collections, create inventories and make digital copies of over 2000 manuscripts. Next steps were the classification and scientific cataloguing of these cultural treasures and the publication of selected studies and research results.

The field trips were also an opportunity to train local researchers on preservation and proper cataloguing of the manuscripts, which can provide new insights into the history of Ethiopia and the whole region.

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Dr. Denis Nosnitsin examining manuscripts in a monastic library, © Denis Nosnitsin