April 17, 2005
Tails from the Trash Heap

From slashdot: scientists have made a breakthrough in scanning technologies that could potentially increase the number of classical works by as much as 20%:

The original papyrus documents, discovered in an ancient rubbish dump in central Egypt, are often meaningless to the naked eye - decayed, worm-eaten and blackened by the passage of time. But scientists using the new photographic technique, developed from satellite imaging, are bringing the original writing back into view. Academics have hailed it as a development which could lead to a 20 per cent increase in the number of great Greek and Roman works in existence. Some are even predicting a "second Renaissance".


Posted by scott at April 17, 2005 08:16 AM

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