Ms. Katz cites a report from the Independent that “a team of researchers is using new technology to uncover texts that were erased and written over by the monks who lived and worked at the monastery (St. Catherine’s). Many of these original texts were written in languages well known to researchers—Latin, Greek, Arabic—but others were inscribed in long-lost languages that are rarely seen in the historical record…”

She goes on to explain the mysteries of the multi-layered manuscripts called palimpsests and their secret texts, noting that “there are about 130 of them at St. Catherine’s Monastery” some of which were written in these obscure, archaic languages.

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)