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Ancient scrolls made readable

Post by Kaere on Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:36 pm

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/ancient-scrolls-burned-in-herculaneum-volcanic-eruption-made-readable-1.2921398

Scientists have succeeded in reading parts of an ancient scroll that was buried in a volcanic eruption almost 2,000 years ago, holding out the promise that the world's oldest surviving library may one day reveal all of its secrets.

The scroll is among hundreds retrieved from the remains of a lavish villa at Herculaneum, which along with Pompeii was one of several Roman towns that were destroyed when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79.

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Post by Agartha on Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:09 pm

Wow, amazing! I know they have only read a couple of words so far, but this technique could help read other scrolls perhaps?

Thinking of this scrolls make me think of the library of Alexandria.... I think our world would have been much different if all that ancient knowledge hadn't been conveniently burned.

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Post by Rogue on Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:51 pm


Saw this on the news last night. Quite amazing how they can actually see the writing when it all looked so impossible.
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Post by Rockhopper on Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:30 pm

Yes Roggie, the technology is quite amazing. I saw this too last night. Those scrolls are effectively ash!  Shocked

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