W. Brent Seales Ph.D. - Large Touch Screen Display

We are on the verge of exciting breakthroughs, making today the perfect time to get involved.

Combining his in-house software with the latest advances in digital imaging, Dr. Seales and his team of UK students are poised to make even greater discoveries, including reading the elusive Herculaneum papyri. Their cutting-edge work, however, won’t continue without financial support.

By partnering with us, you help restore some of humanity’s greatest written artifacts, releasing knowledge and understanding that has been hidden for centuries. At the same time, your support enables UK students to embark on an exciting adventure of purposeful discovery, setting them on a course toward professional success in an incomparably dynamic field.

The Digital Restoration Initiative at the University of Kentucky is made possible through donors like you. Funding for projects is highly competitive, and gaps in funding delay progress and limit student opportunities. Your partnership will allow this cutting-edge research to continue at the University of Kentucky with UK students at the helm.

Funding Opportunities

Achieving our research goals will require $500,000 per year over the next five years. Your investment supports the following:

Multi-spectral imaging machinery


  • Custom micro-CT scanner
  • Portable tomography system for fieldwork
  • Multi-spectral imaging machinery
  • 3D shape scanner
  • High-resolution photography studio
University of Kentucky Digital Restoration Students Abroad


  • Fieldwork at international partner institutions
  • Student research stipends
  • Study abroad opportunities for students
  • Software development
  • Partner collaboration and access to materials
Carbonized Herculaneum Scroll


  • Ezekiel scroll fragment, The Israel Antiquities Authority
  • Herculaneum scrolls and fragments, Institut de France and the Biblioteca Nazionale in Naples, Italy
  • Egyptian coptic codices at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin and the Morgan Library & Museum in New York