We are on the verge of exciting breakthroughs, making today the perfect time to get involved.

Combining his in-house software with the latest advances in digital imaging, Dr. Seales and his team of UK students are poised to make even greater discoveries, including reading the elusive Herculaneum papyri. Their cutting-edge work, however, won’t continue without financial support.

By partnering with us, you help restore some of humanity’s greatest written artifacts, releasing knowledge and understanding that has been hidden for centuries. At the same time, your support enables UK students to embark on an exciting adventure of purposeful discovery, setting them on a course toward professional success in an incomparably dynamic field.

The Digital Restoration Initiative at the University of Kentucky is made possible through donors like you. Funding for projects is highly competitive, and gaps in funding delay progress and limit student opportunities. Your partnership will allow this cutting-edge research to continue at the University of Kentucky with UK students at the helm.

Funding Opportunities

Achieving our research goals will require $500,000 per year over the next five years. Your investment supports the following:

Multispectral Imaging

EQUIPMENT

  • Micro-CT scanner
  • Portable tomography system for fieldwork
  • Multi-spectral imaging machinery
  • 3D shape scanner
  • High-resolution photography studio

STAFF, STUDENTS, AND PARTNERS

  • Fieldwork at international partner institutions
  • Student research stipends
  • Study abroad opportunities for students
  • Software development
  • Partner collaboration and access to materials

UPCOMING PROJECTS

  • Ezekiel scroll fragment, The Israel Antiquities Authority
  • Herculaneum scrolls and fragments, Institut de France and Oxford University
  • 1st century A.D. Biblical scroll, Van Kampen Collection
  • Various ancient materials, Museum of the Bible

Special Thanks

We are deeply indebted to those who have already partnered with us:

  • Mr. and Mrs. Lee Marksbury
  • Karen Maxwell
  • John Maxwell
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Kyle
  • Mr. and Mrs. S. Parker