In addition to the Phillips Dead Sea Scrolls Collection, the Tandy Archaeological Museum holds several ancient and medieval manuscripts in its growing manuscript collection. One noted example is a medieval palimpsest discovered in 1940 in Fayum, Egypt. A palimpsest is a unique document in which two different scripts, often being chronologically distinct, are both present on the same material, such as the parchment in the Tandy’s collection.
The palimpsest at the Tandy initially had a Hebrew text of a portion of Genesis. Scholars believe it was likely composed sometime between the 12th and the 14th centuries C.E. based on the characteristics of the script. On top of the Hebrew script is inscribed a second text in Coptic. The script does not appear to be any specific passage or message. Instead it has been suggested scribes used the parchment as part of a training exercise.
The Tandy also maintains the Manuscript Research Center. On the second floor of Scarborough Hall the center holds the Tandy Archaeology Library as well as a place for faculty and students to conduct research and seminars. A major portion of the library consists of the Bonnie Magness-Gardiner Collection. Dr. Bonnie Magness-Gardiner, an archaeologist working as part of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, donated her research library of more than 600 titles to the Tandy Museum in 2011.
For information or inquiries about our manuscript collection contact Marcella Barbosa, Collections Manager and Educational Coordinator, at 817-923-1921 ext. 4600 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.