Perhaps of interest primarily to the forum readers in the U.S.:
The error, according to Danielle Allen, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., concerns a period that appears right after the phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in the transcript, but almost certainly not, she maintains, on the badly faded parchment original.
...“We want to take advantage of this possible new discovery,” William A. Mayer, the archives’ executive for research services, said in an email.
A discussion of ways to safely re-examine the badly deteriorated parchment, he added, is now “a top priority.”
...But ultimately, the debate over the accuracy of the period all comes down to the faded ink on Matlack’s parchment.
And there, some manuscript experts say, existing high-resolution images show little evidence of a period.
...Mr. Mayer of the archives said it was testing the feasibility of doing new types of imaging, including hyperspectral imaging, through the document’s protective glass encasement. “We don’t yet know what’s possible,” he said.
Happy 4th of July!