The systematic analysis

Statue des Schreibers Henka, 2450 v.Chr. Replikat von Berlin ÄM 7334.
Statue of the scribe Henka, 2450 BC, replica of Berlin ÄM 7334.

The amount of data and the various possibilities for searching and evaluating the digital palaeography allow the project members as well as colleagues on an international level to systematically study the cursive scripts. Developments and differences between the cursive scripts can be analysed as well as their relation to and dependence on the hieroglyphic scipt, and their adaptation to specific needs and contexts. Measures taken to economize the writing, the choice of writing direction and text layout, or the use of abbreviations, diacritical marks, and sign combinations or ligatures are interesting features for study as well.

In addition, the valitidy of the scripts for the identification of hands and the assignment of sources to individuals, schools, regions, or periods (aspects on which the texts contentwise often remain silent) is reviewed.

Last but not least, the practice of writing with reed brushes on papyrus or other materials such as clay is experimentally studied and, like the other areas covered by the project, is also anchored in teaching.