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US News Will ancient scrolls damaged by Vesuvius be read again?

12:30  03 october  2019
12:30  03 october  2019 Source:   theweek.co.uk

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Scientists believe they have discovered the technology to read the charred and blackened scrolls left behind after Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79.

Two complete scrolls and four fragments were buried and carbonized by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and are too fragile to be opened. They came from the so-called Herculaneum library, the only one surviving from antiquity.

NAPLES, ITALY - JUNE 27:  Papyri Herculaneum are seen in the National Library of Naples, on June 27, 2019 in Naples, Italy. The National Library of Naples (Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli) houses the Herculaneum Papyri, a library of papyrus scrolls carbonized by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the first century AD. The papyri contain a number of Greek philosophical texts and represent the only library that survives from Greco-Roman antiquity. Many of the scrolls are too fragile to physically unroll and researchers have turned to digital-imaging techniques to reveal the contents of the papyri. (Photo by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images) © 2019 Getty Images NAPLES, ITALY - JUNE 27: Papyri Herculaneum are seen in the National Library of Naples, on June 27, 2019 in Naples, Italy. The National Library of Naples (Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli) houses the Herculaneum Papyri, a library of papyrus scrolls carbonized by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the first century AD. The papyri contain a number of Greek philosophical texts and represent the only library that survives from Greco-Roman antiquity. Many of the scrolls are too fragile to physically unroll and researchers have turned to digital-imaging techniques to reveal the contents of the papyri. (Photo by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images) Experts hope that the delicate documents can once more be read thanks to an innovative approach involving high-energy x-rays and artificial intelligence, reports The Guardian.

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Ancient scrolls charred by Vesuvius could be read once again . US scientists say it may be possible to decipher words using new x-ray technique. Precious scrolls blackened by the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano in AD 79 may become readable again , thanks to 21st century technology

Charred scrolls were recovered from the town library in 1752, and Italian scientists just discovered it might be possible to use X-ray technology to read them. The eruption of Vesuvius , and the subsequent annihilation of nearby towns, was a tragedy that turned, over centuries, into an

The documents have been examined by the synchrotron, a particle accelerator in which beams travel around a closed-loop path to produce light many times brighter than the sun.

NAPLES, ITALY - JUNE 27:  Fabrizio Diozzi, Conservator and Librarian of the © 2019 Getty Images NAPLES, ITALY - JUNE 27: Fabrizio Diozzi, Conservator and Librarian of the "Officina dei Papiri Ercolanesi" shows a Papyrus Herculaneum in the National Library of Naples, on June 27, 2019 in Naples, Italy. The National Library of Naples (Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli) houses the Herculaneum Papyri, a library of papyrus scrolls carbonized by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the first century AD. The papyri contain a number of Greek philosophical texts and represent the only library that survives from Greco-Roman antiquity. Many of the scrolls are too fragile to physically unroll and researchers have turned to digital-imaging techniques to reveal the contents of the papyri. (Photo by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images) “The idea is essentially like a CT scanner where you would take an image of a person, a three-dimensional image of a person and you can slice through it to see the different organs,” Laurent Chapon, physical science director of Diamond Light Source, told Euronews.

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A pair of ancient scrolls carbonised as Mount Vesuvius exploded are close to being digitally unwrapped and read for the first time in thousands If successful, the papers will be readable for the first time since the Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD which destroyed Pompeii and its people, burying the

It's hard to imagine how a thin papyrus scroll could survive a volcanic eruption. Even harder is imagining how such an artefact can be read some 2 When Mount Vesuvius famously erupted in 79 AD, this unparalleled library was immediately carbonised in an avalanche of hot gas and ash, which

The experts shine intense light through the scroll to detect images on the other side so they can read it in a non-destructive manner.

NAPLES, ITALY - JUNE 27:  Papyri Herculaneum are seen in the National Library of Naples, on June 27, 2019 in Naples, Italy. The National Library of Naples (Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli) houses the Herculaneum Papyri, a library of papyrus scrolls carbonized by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the first century AD. The papyri contain a number of Greek philosophical texts and represent the only library that survives from Greco-Roman antiquity. Many of the scrolls are too fragile to physically unroll and researchers have turned to digital-imaging techniques to reveal the contents of the papyri. (Photo by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images) © 2019 Getty Images NAPLES, ITALY - JUNE 27: Papyri Herculaneum are seen in the National Library of Naples, on June 27, 2019 in Naples, Italy. The National Library of Naples (Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli) houses the Herculaneum Papyri, a library of papyrus scrolls carbonized by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the first century AD. The papyri contain a number of Greek philosophical texts and represent the only library that survives from Greco-Roman antiquity. Many of the scrolls are too fragile to physically unroll and researchers have turned to digital-imaging techniques to reveal the contents of the papyri. (Photo by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images) The documents are steeped in history: the villa in which they were found is thought to have been owned by the father-in-law of Julius Caesar, the Roman dictator assassinated in 44 BC.

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In the evening, back on our terrace (on the site, so the hotel claims, of Emperor Augustus's villa) we looked again across the vast bay of Naples at Vesuvius , and read back the words of Pliny the Younger, who witnessed the Ancient scrolls charred by Vesuvius could be read once again .

The eruption of Vesuvius , and the subsequent annihilation of nearby towns, was a tragedy that turned, over centuries, into an archaeological opportunity. One exception is the scrolls of Herculaneum, which were charred through, due to the heat of the falling ash. We Might Finally Be Able to Read

So academics are naturally thrilled by the news. “The library at Herculaneum was the only library that survived from antiquity and because of that the material inside is extremely valuable,” said Brent Seales, professor of computer science at Kentucky University.

“Texts from the ancient world are rare and precious, and they simply cannot be revealed through any other known process.”

NAPLES, ITALY - JUNE 27:  A Papyrus Herculaneum is seen in the National Library of Naples, on June 27, 2019 in Naples, Italy. The National Library of Naples (Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli) houses the Herculaneum Papyri, a library of papyrus scrolls carbonized by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the first century AD. The papyri contain a number of Greek philosophical texts and represent the only library that survives from Greco-Roman antiquity. Many of the scrolls are too fragile to physically unroll and researchers have turned to digital-imaging techniques to reveal the contents of the papyri. (Photo by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images) © 2019 Getty Images NAPLES, ITALY - JUNE 27: A Papyrus Herculaneum is seen in the National Library of Naples, on June 27, 2019 in Naples, Italy. The National Library of Naples (Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli) houses the Herculaneum Papyri, a library of papyrus scrolls carbonized by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the first century AD. The papyri contain a number of Greek philosophical texts and represent the only library that survives from Greco-Roman antiquity. Many of the scrolls are too fragile to physically unroll and researchers have turned to digital-imaging techniques to reveal the contents of the papyri. (Photo by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images) He believes that the scrolls will feature writings about “Greek philosophy around Epicureanism, which was a prevailing philosophy of the day”.

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