Imaging The Khirbet Qeiyafa Ostracon

I’ve been looking at the most readable image of the Khirbet Qeiyafa Ostracon that I’ve seen. It is in a paper by Gregory Bearman and William A. Christens-Barry, “Spectral Imaging Of Ostraca,” PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology, 6(7) (2009), 1-20. The first part of the paper is quite interesting but if you can’t wait to get to the Khirbet Qeiyafa Ostracon stuff, scroll down to page 9. If you’re really in a hurry head straight to figure 11 on page 11. Enlarging it by 200% and messing around with the contrast in Photoshop seems to make it even better. Your results may vary. Even with all the spectral imaging, there is room to argue about several readings. You might want to compare the image with Aren Maeir’s and John Hobbins’ transcriptions and G. M. Grena’s drawing. I haven’t seen the photograph published by Haggai Misgav in New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and its Region, October, 2009, 111, so I can’t say the one in Bearman and Christens-Barry is better. What I can say is the Bearman and Christens-Barry image is free online.