Trying to read a very old message

August 25, 2009 4:24:58 AM PDT
It's a message from a long time ago and far, far away.

Now, University of Kentucky computer experts are trying to read it.

The researchers have made CAT scans of Roman scrolls that were buried in a volcanic eruption 2,000 years ago.

The scrolls haven't been read, or even unrolled since the year 79 A.D.

The researchers tell the Lexington Herald-Leader they'll use the scans to create 3-D images of the scrolls.

At first the scientists thought there might be an object wrapped inside the papyrus.

Computer scientist Brent Seales says they were a little disappointed when the didn't find something "weird wrapped up in one."


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