The Delicate Science Of Reading Ancient Scrolls That Can't Be Opened
Scientists can use X-rays to reconstruct text from ancient, fragile scrolls without touching the artifacts.By Steven Sparkman, Evan Thomas | September 21, 2016
How do you read something that's ancient, burned beyond comprehension and too fragile to even touch?
The Ein Gedi scroll is an artifact dug out of a Jewish synagogue that was destroyed in A.D. 600. It looks like a lump of coal and will probably never be opened, but we now know it contains the beginning of the book of Leviticus — maybe the oldest example in Hebrew outside of the Dead Sea scrolls.