Cutting Edge Epigraphy: Squeeze and Rubbing Techniques

The Cutting Edge: discussions in epigraphy

Squeeze and Rubbing Techniques: Making impressions of inscriptions on paper

28 February 2024, 15:00–16:30.
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, London.

Led by Gabriel Bodard, Abigail Graham, Benet Salway.

This seminar explores methods for creating accurate records of inscribed surfaces in paper, that are lightweight and portable yet relatively durable. In some cases these records, the result of direct sensory engagement with an inscription, can provide advantages and insights over photographs or autopsy in reading an inscribed text. The bulk of the session involves hands-on experience making squeezes (pressing wet filter paper onto the surface of the stone using a firm brush to create a 3D impression) and rubbings (an image created by rubbing a rendering material over thin paper placed on the surface). We will also discuss the relative advantages of these and other methods, including digital 3D imaging.

Free but booking essential.

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