X-Rays Restore Ancient Scrolls Buried By Mount Vesuvius Eruption 2,000 Years Ago

January 21, 2015 10:31 AM

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X-Rays Restore Ancient Scrolls Buried By Mount Vesuvius Eruption 2,000 Years Ago

Scientists have used a sophisticated form of X-ray technology to read parts of ancient papyrus scrolls that were turned into charcoal after they were buried in an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy almost 2,000 years ago.

While some of the 1,800 scrolls that were unearthed in the 1750s have been deciphered, many have remained a mystery as they were so badly damaged that unrolling the ancient documents would have destroyed them. According to scientists, the new method, called X-ray Phase Contrast Tomography, enabled t...

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