The Charred Scrolls of Herculaneum

The Charred Scrolls of Herculaneum

Claude Furry October 17, 2018

The Story of of the ill fated city of Pompeii is quite well known.  The ancient Roman city near Modern Day Naples, Italy, was buried beneath tons of ash and pumice when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 70.  The Library known as the Herculaneum, in Pompeii was destroyed as well.  The papyrus scrolls of the library were charred, but left intact, though completely unreadable.  Attempts to unroll the scrolls have been fruitless, often times destroying them in the process.  Brent Seales, a researcher, computer programmer, and imaging specialist however, has made much progress in deciphering the scrolls us CT(Computer Tomography) scanning techniques to “virtually unroll” them.  This technique could allow the texts to be read for the first time in almost 2000 years.

Personally, it is my hope that many of these scrolls may contain information lost to the sands of time in the burning of the great library of Alexandria.  Only time will tell.  View the full story below!

 

http://mentalfloss.com/article/540956/science-virtually-unwrapping-charred-scrolls-herculaneum