May 19, 2009

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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