Literature

Scientists Use Physics to Read Scrolls From Herculaneum – but Why Do We Care?

Teeming with secrets… (Shutterstock*)
Teeming with secrets… (Shutterstock*)

The recent announcement that European scientists had pioneered a technique for reading papyrus scrolls from Herculaneum without unrolling them attracted widespread attention. At first glance,...




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