Researchers Found New Technique to Read Charred Scrolls of Pompeii

January 24, 2015 5:45 AM

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As we already know that Mount Vesuvius eruption in A.D. 79 led to the destruction of Pompeii, along with the loss of a significant part of rich history and heritage. Recently a team of researchers from the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems in Naples, Italy, for first time in 2000 years, found a way of reading the burnt carbonized scrolls. All previous attempts to read the scroll had failed, mostly causing further damage to the scrolls. Presently around 300 scrolls are available. To read the scrolls, the researchers used laser like beam of X-rays from the European Synchrotron in Grenoble, France. The finding has been published in the journal Nature Communications.

These scrolls were found about 260 years ago in the ruins of small Roman town Herculaneum, located near Pompeii. A grand villa preserved these documents and the villa was supposed to be owned by the father-in-law of Julius Caesar. The strong X-rays beams used by the scientists allowed them to read i...

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