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May 19, 2009 7:30 AM

Kentucky professor to examine scrolls buried by Vesuvius

On Aug. 24, 79 A.D., Italy's Mount Vesuvius exploded, burying the Roman towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii under tons of super-heated ash, rock and debris in one of the most famous volcanic eruptions in history. Somehow, hundreds of papyrus scrolls survived in a villa at Herculaneum. University of Kentucky professor Brent Seales will use an X-Ray CT scanning system to collect interior images of the scrolls' rolled-up pages.

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