Dear Kitty. Some blog on her “many-sided diary” writes on new discoveries on ancient cultures; new poems; new paintings; new scientific discoveries in medicine, the lives of birds, and much more. For us of interest is her look at the old scrolls, archaeology and historical facets.
As such we can find articles of interest like
Ancient Egyptian emoticons where she looks at pictograms depicting images of animals, objects or professions, used in two different ways. First of all metonymically, whereby the symbol refers directly to what the person who drew it wanted to convey. Noticing that symbols continue to be useful because you can express a lot more in a single symbol than in a letter or a word.
But she also looks at mysterious Antikythera mechanism which has revealed a new secret: a two thousand year old human skeleton. The team hopes to extract DNA from the skull – a feat never attempted before on bones this old that have been underwater > 2,000-year-old skeleton found in Greek shipwreck
Now she offers us the opportunity to look at the way to open an ancient scroll without touching it.
- Virtual unwrapping reveals Hebrew text inside fragile artifact = oldest known Biblical text outside of the roughly 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls,
- scroll’s remnants from a synagogue’s holy ark during a 1970 excavation in Israel of En-Gedi, a Jewish community destroyed by fire around 600.
- En-Gedi scroll = passages from book of Leviticus written in approximately 300 = earliest copy of an Old Testament book ever found in a holy ark,
This video says about itself:
How to open an ancient scroll without touching it | Science News
21 September 2016
Researchers describe the digital steps it took to unwrap a charred, roughly 1,700-year-old scroll and read its ancient Biblical text.
Credit: Seth Parker, Univ. of Kentucky.
From Science News:
Digital rehab exposes Biblical roots of ancient Israeli scroll
Virtual unwrapping reveals Hebrew text inside fragile artifact
by Bruce Bower
2:00pm, September 21, 2016
Researchers have digitally unwrapped and read an ancient Hebrew scroll that’s so charred it can’t be touched without falling apart. It turns out the document contains the oldest known Biblical text outside of the roughly 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls, the investigators say.
In a series of digital steps, slices…
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