X-Rays may reveal ancient secrets in charred scrolls of Pompeii

January 23, 2015 12:03 PM

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Ancient scrolls fused into brittle sticks of charcoal by the volcano that destroyed Pompeii can now be read thanks to a sophisticated form of X-ray scan, scientists have announced.

The technique may make it feasible to decipher the text inside hundreds of rolled-up scrolls, which form a large part of the only surviving library from classical times. Until now scholars had thought it impossible to peer inside the so-called Herculaneum scrolls, which were carbonized by hot gases ...

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