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palimpsest

(păl`ĭmpsĕst'): see manuscriptmanuscript,
a handwritten work as distinguished from printing. The oldest manuscripts, those found in Egyptian tombs, were written on papyrus; the earliest dates from c.3500 B.C.
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palimpsest

[pə′lim·səst]
(geology)
Referring to a kind of drainage in which a modern, anomalous drainage pattern is superimposed upon an older one, clearly indicating different topographic and possibly structural conditions at the time of development.
In sedimentology, autochthonous sediment deposits which exhibit some of the attributes of the source sediment.
(petrology)
Of a metamorphic rock, having remnants of the original structure or texture preserved.
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Like that famous palimpsest, Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole's Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza is a multi-layered work that provokes admiration and excites the imagination on many levels.
The novel is dedicated to JT, acknowledged by Vidal in Palimpsest to be Jimmie Trimble, who died at nineteen on Iwo Jima.
Mehretu's focus on the palimpsest in her paintings draws attention to erasures, fractures, ruins, and subtleties across autobiographical terrains, echoing in the present moment both sublimated historical realities and inexistent possibilities yet to be.
It would be a simple matter, for instance, to describe the oeuvre of the Syrian-born artist Marwan as autobiographical palimpsest.
Drawing on the duality of his existence as both artist and doctor, Mater's work frames humanity within a palimpsest of religious symbols and scientific references.
The porcelain works of Willam Lungas, with similar illusions and associations, were exhibited in a exhibition called Palimpsest in 2006.
He offers the first, along with a critical edition of diagrams designed to reconstruct the earliest form recoverable from the manuscripts; evidence from the Archimedes Palimpsest, which was lost from 1915 to 1998; and the ancient commentaries of Eutocius on the two books.
The smaller half of the L aspired to a Chinese ideogram, a palimpsest obsessed with meaning in a forest of fools.
140, 142, 145, 146, and 147); (2) their exceptional size in comparison to more than 160 other manuscript drawings (the woman and the boot in particular); (3) that two sketches actually connect with other manuscript pages; and (4) the fact that all are in palimpsest.
Final note should be made of Cormack's student and colleague, John Lowden, who has written a dense and compelling account of the well-known Archimedes Palimpsest.
18) For the Victorians, therefore, the palimpsest had a new archaeological function and one which fascinated many writers, including De Quincey, for whom its capacity to retain and restore ancient texts suggested a model for human memory: like the palimpsest, the brain too contains both an archival capacity and a facility for recall.
In several paintings in his Palimpsest series, he uses writings from historical documents to decorate his abstract backgrounds.