Ancient Jewish scroll now legible

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.

Ancient Mexican manuscript, new research

Roman bathhouse discovery in Dutch Limburg how Roman villas looked like and can show us the traditions as well as the quality of life and culture.

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.

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Dear Kitty. Some blog

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.

Archaeologists discovered the scroll’s remnants in a synagogue’s holy ark during a 1970 excavation in Israel of En-Gedi, a Jewish community destroyed by fire around 600.

In a series of digital steps, slices…

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