Researchers at the University of Kentucky (USA) claim that they have found a method that can be used to decipher the coils that were chilled by the burning heat from ash and gas that come from the outbreak of Vesuvius that destroyed the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum 79 AD C.
The specialists will use a new common method with Artificial Intelligence and X-rays, revealing small differences (for example, changes in the structure of paper fibers) between the areas where ink and blank paper are
the system of text samples visible to the naked eye. The study of the rolls will begin in the coming months .
Professor at the University of Kentucky, Brent Seales, who leads the research emphasizes: "Although it can be seen that in every fiber of parchment there are writings, to be able to open it, it is required to be really flexible, and it is not longer ". This new system will allow the papers not to be unloaded.
"We hope to make this technology perfect so that we can repeat it in the 900 remaining rolls [sin desenrollar]," says Seales quoted by The Guardian.
The researchers are excited about the contents of the rolls. One of his hypotheses is that they contain epicyristic Greek philosophy. Another possibility that researchers are considering is that the scrolls may contain Latin texts and do not rule out that they may be lost works, such as poems by Safo de Mitilene or a dissertation by Marco Antonio.
Over the years, experts tried to unwind about half of the rollers by various methods, although some were destroyed . Specialists claim that unwinding and exposing the scriptures to the air results in ink discoloration.
The remains of the library in the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were discovered in 1752 during the excavations of the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum, which, like Pompeii, was destroyed during volcanic activity.
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