Ancient Scrolls Burned By Mt. Vesuvius Deciphered By New X-Ray Technique

January 21, 2015 10:44 AM

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Ancient Scrolls Burned By Mt. Vesuvius Deciphered By New X-Ray Technique

Ancient papyrus scrolls charred in the same volcanic eruption that wiped out the city of Pompeii are a step closer to revealing their secrets thanks to a cutting-edge application of X-rays.

The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD also leveled the nearby town of Herculaneum. At the time, hundreds of papyrus scrolls inside a villa in the town were carbonized rather than incinerated. The outside was charred, but the writing remained on the inside.

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