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New Scanning Technique reads Hidden Writing in Ancient Mummy Boxes

New Scanning Technique reads Hidden Writing in Ancient Mummy Boxes

Researchers at University College London have developed a scanning technique that lets you read a mummy caseR7;s writing while leaving it intact. Now, the Historians can use scanning to peek inside mummies without risking damage. Previously, you had to destroy the boxes to discover lost texts.

If you scan the cases with light at different frequencies, you can make the ink glow and thus see under the paste and plaster that would normally obscure the text. A lot of the writing is unspectacular (the BBC describes them as shopping lists and tax returns), but that’s the point — it’s about discovering Egyptian history beyond royalty and other famous people.

The technique has already found success with one mummy stored in Kent. It’s not certain that it’ll find widespread adoption, but it’s hard to see historians turning this down. Much as with techniques used to read closed books, this lets researchers have the best of both worlds: they can read ‘secret’ text without having to sacrifice priceless relics.

Credits: https://www..com/2018/01/01/scanners-can-read-hidden-writing-in-mummy-boxes

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New Scanning Technique reads Hidden Writing in Ancient Mummy Boxes
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Researchers at University College London have developed a scanning technique that lets you read a mummy case's writing while leaving it intact. Now, the Historians can use scanning to peek inside mummies without risking damage. Previously, you had to destroy the boxes to discover lost texts.
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