Carbon dating four gospels
"The pages had been crudely stitched together in a restoration in the 1960s and some of the pages wouldn’t even turn. "The Garima Gospels have been kept high and dry which has helped preserve them all these years and they are kept in the dark so the colours look fresh."This was the most astounding of all our projects and the Patriarch, the head of the Ethiopian Church, had to give his permission. "We are currently undertaking other restoration programmes on wall paintings and religious texts.One French expert in Ethiopian art was allowed to take two small samples for testing.Those tests combined with more stylistic analysis suggest the artifacts are from around 600 A. A museum is being set up with the hope of further protecting the Gospels while allowing more visitors to view them.Beautifully illustrated, the colours are still vivid and thanks to the Ethiopian Heritage Fund have been conserved.Abba Garima arrived from Constantinople in 494 AD and legend has it that he was able to copy the Gospels in a day because God delayed the sun from setting.Atheists and non-atheists both, will be challenged by the book’s historical and exegetical hypotheses, and will not regret discovering the hidden world of the Vatican in a captivating story they will thoroughly enjoy.
They were written on goat skin in the early Ethiopian language of Ge’ez.
"Many of these old Christian relics can only be reached by hiking and climbing to remote monasteries as roads are limited in these mountainous regions.
"All the work on the texts was done in situ and everything is reversible, so if in future they can be taken away for further conservation we won’t have hindered that.
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