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Birch Bark, Palm Leaf Sanskrit Manuscripts to be Digitized by Cambridge University

A major exercise in ‘linguistic archaeology’ has set out to complete a comprehensive survey of Cambridge University South Asianmanuscript collection, which includes the oldest dated and illustrated Sanskrit manuscript known worldwide. Written on now-fragile birch bark, palm leaf and paper, the 2,000 manuscripts in the collection at the University Library express centuries-old South Asian thinking on religion, philosophy, astronomy, grammar, law and poetry.

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