Epistles of Thomas

September 13, 2007

Reading ancient scrolls without opening them

Filed under: Dead Sea Scrolls — Thomas @ 22:18

There was a fascinating article on BBC today about the development of a machine that can shine “light” through old scrolls and determine what the text is with needing to unroll them. ‘Super-scope’ to see hidden texts recounts that all you need to read your ancient scrolls is a £260m ($527m) synchrotron. The are currently practicing with their new toy but hope to be able to put it to use on things like some of the Dead Sea Scrolls which have been unable to be unrolled for fear of destroying them.

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