02/28/2006 – The National Geographic Society is working with an international team of experts to analyze a collection of ancient papyrus documents, known as a codex, that were first discovered nearly 30 years ago in Egypt. These rare, early-Christian texts are believed to be more than 1,600 years old and include two never-before-seen manuscripts — The Gospel of Judas and an untitled, fragmentary work.
National Geographic is collaborating with the Maecenas Foundation for Ancient Art, the Waitt Institute for Historical Discovery, and scientific experts, historians, and theologians with a wide range of views to authenticate, conserve and translate these extraordinary documents and explore their significance. The results will be shared with the public this spring. At the conclusion of the process, the codex will be delivered to Egypt, the country of origin.