Livingstone diary project up for award

A PROJECT which used 
cutting-edge science to recover the lost words of David Livingstone is in the running for an award.

A diary written 140 years ago by the Scots explorer about a massacre of 400 slaves he witnessed in Africa was revealed by experts at the National Museum of Scotland.

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The manuscript, kept at the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre and written in ink made by berry seeds, deteriorated rapidly and became virtually invisible to the naked eye.

The 18-month project – Livingstone’s 1871 field diary – has been nominated in the best professional resource category in the Digital Humanities 2012 Awards.