New tech could reveal secrets in 2,000-year-old scrolls

January 21, 2015 8:30 PM

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New tech could reveal secrets in 2,000-year-old scrolls

Hundreds of rolled, charred papyrus scrolls that were buried in ash in Herculaneum after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 could finally be read, thanks to a new technique that uses X-ray tomography. Here, letters from one of the interi (Mocella et al, Nature Communications)

Hundreds of ancient papyrus scrolls that were buried nearly 2,000 years ago after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius could finally be read, thanks to a new technique.

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