The Balkan Heritage Foundation and the Department of Archaeology at New Bulgarian University

are pleased to invite you to the latest of our

BEMA Online Seminars in Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology

Bookbinding workshops and book archaeology from the library of the Monastery of St Catherine’s, Sinai


Dr. Nikolas Sarris

conservator of paper and archive materials at the National Library of Greece


Saturday, October 02, 2021
at 1 pm New York (EDT), 6 pm London, UK (GMT),  8 pm Sofia, Bulgaria (EET)

The event will last approximately 90 mins including Q&A.
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The library of St Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai is known to hold one of the largest collections of early and undisturbed bookbindings on manuscripts from a number of different East Mediterranean traditions, including Greek, Arabic, Georgian, Ethiopic and Slavonic. Yet, how have these books survived to date, how and why were they bound or rebound and who was responsible for the production of these bindings? The study into the archaeology of these bookbindings aims to unfold the bookbinding workshops that existed within the monastic community in parallel with the importation of books from active manuscript productions centers throughout several centuries and through that to contribute to our knowledge of the history of the St. Catherine’s Library.