Wednesday, January 21, 2015

X-rays may help us read scrolls preserved in Vesuvius' eruption

Researchers may soon be able to read papyrus scrolls from a villa destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, The New York Times reports. And they won't have to unroll the fragile antiquities to do it, either. X-rays allowed researchers from the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems in Naples, Italy to discover slight contrast between the paper and the ink. about 300 scrolls are still intact The villa where the scrolls were found was in Herculaneum, one of two...-> read more

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