Decoding the Scrolls- VIDEO
Image: Courtesy © vulcan-06
for Earth Day
National Geographic: April 10, 2006—
Digitally archived texts, now being decoded, found centuries
ago in the in the ancient Roman village of Herculaneum!...
The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D 79 entombed the town
in lava and ash, but the blackened papyruses survived! (Barely)
Click on the image (above)
Watch a short video by National Geographic!
This interesting VIDEO shows new technology
(developed by NASA)
employed to reveal the scrolls' hidden words.
A record of the destruction of Herculaneum and Pompeii is
found in Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD) and in Dio Cassius
(AD 150-235). This last author also reports that the ashes
of the eruption reached Africa (the modern Libya), Syria
and Egypt, and caused pestilence.
The memory of the lost cities lasted for centuries. The
vestiges of a lost town called "La Civita" (from the latin
Civitas-town) were commonly found by farmers. The systematic
excavation of Pompeii started only in the XVIII century by
the order of Charles III, King of the Two Sicilies.
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