Monday, January 26, 2015

technological attempt to read Herculaneum scrolls

Scientists are trying to "read" burnt scrolls from Herculaneum with advanced x-ray technology. "read" is a generous term. It is  easier to make out curved letters than square shaped ones, but they remain difficult to decipher. Various techniques have been tried unsuccessfully over the years because the scrolls are squished together and burnt to a crisp. Most attempts further ruin the scrolls. Coll images. Perhaps this will improve with time. I'm amazed they can decipher anything at all. Wouldn't it be cool if they deciphered a play or book there is only the merest citation of in ancient literature, or some dead Greek or Roman physician's remedy book? Read and see more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30888767

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