Sealed shut for centuries, ancient scrolls read with X-rays

January 22, 2015 6:26 PM

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Sealed shut for centuries, ancient scrolls read with X-rays

Researchers have found a way to read fragile ancient scrolls without ever even opening them.

Charred by the intense heat and pyroclastic flows of Mt. Vesuvius, whose 79 AD eruption destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum as well as several nearby settlements, the papyrus scrolls remained buried under ash until 1752, when they were discovered in Herculaneum in a private residen...

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