26 Jan '15, 5pm

X-ray can read ancient scroll buried by Mt. Vesuvius eruption 2,000 years ago

want to unroll the scrolls, but they’re so fragile, it’s almost impossible to do so without destroying them. “When you try to pull one layer off, it just breaks away from the rest, and so you have 10 million fragments after you’ve peeled it away in that manner,” Seales says. With the magic of a particle accelerator in France, researchers were able to “bombard” the scrolls with x-rays so sensitive that it was possible to distinguish the letters on the ashy paper by thickness.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/x-ray-can-read-ancient-scroll-buried...

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