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How Scientists Read Ancient Scrolls That Can’t Be Opened (Video)

Scientists can use X-rays to reconstruct text from ancient, fragile scrolls without touching the artifacts. (AOL Screenshot)
Scientists can use X-rays to reconstruct text from ancient, fragile scrolls without touching the artifacts. (AOL Screenshot)

How do you read something that’s ancient, burned beyond comprehension and too fragile to even touch? The Ein Gedi scroll is an artifact dug out...




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