Scientists ‘virtually unravel’ burnt 16th century scroll


Scientists are on the lookout for damaged and unreadable ancient scrolls as new techniques have revealed the hidden text inside a severely burnt 16th century sample.

The new development, the latest in a long line of advancements in the field in recent years, has shown how ‘virtual unravelling’ can be achieved using a more autonomous approach and with scrolls that contain multiple pages.

Similarly, the new computer techniques can now handle very large data sets and deal with more complex shapes and sizes.

This has been demonstrated by virtually unravelling a 16th century scroll from Diss Heywood Manor in Norwich, which was left severely charred, damaged and fused together with no possible way of physically opening the scroll without destroying it. Read more.

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