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Papyrus

Scraps of writings from a garbage dump in ancient Egypt reveal what life was like 2,000 years ago.
Publish Date: Topic: Ancient WorldsAncient WorldsBrand: NOVA ScienceNOWNOVA ScienceNOW

(This video is no longer available for streaming.) Can a space-age technology help crack the secrets of barely legible writings from ancient Egypt? Excavated from a long-buried city, a half-million papyri fragments now sit in a vault at Oxford University. To try to read these faded, stained, or even charred bits, a NASA scientist has turned to multispectral imaging technology. Could this be just the kind of "X-ray vision" the scholars need?

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