X-Rays Could Help Scientists Read Carbonized Ancient Scrolls
Using x-rays, scientists have been able to look inside thousand-year-old scrolls from an ancient Roman library and could be able to read them soon.By Sebastian Martinez | January 21, 2015
Scientists are close to solving a puzzle more than 1,000 years old: how to read ancient scrolls carbonized by an ancient volcano.
The scrolls are from Herculaneum, a Roman city that was destroyed by the same eruption of the volcano Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii. (Video via BBC)
Super hot gases from the volcano sucked all the water out of the scrolls, leaving them blackened tubes. It was difficult for historians to unravel them without completely destroying them in the process — only some 200 of the rolls have been unrolled, translated and published. (Video via YouTube / Ryan Baumann)