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Too. Freakin'. Cool.

Link gakked from angevin2:

Reading what could not be read before.

Yes, boys and girls, technology can also recover classical knowledge. We're not doomed to devolve into pixel-overloaded morons just yet. :-D


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Apr. 17th, 2005 10:50 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing that! What an amazing find!!
Apr. 17th, 2005 10:55 am (UTC)
Isn't it? It boggles my mind when people make comments to the effect there's nothing more of importance to be discovered about the past.
Apr. 17th, 2005 11:05 am (UTC)
People say that??

*is boggled too*
Apr. 17th, 2005 11:26 am (UTC)
Not often, but occasionally. Enough to make me go WTF???
Apr. 17th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
Enough that when I was a kid and wanted to be an ancient historian I was very disappointed to have been born "too late" after "we already knew everything already".
Apr. 17th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
I really hate people who say that. We have maybe, MAYBE 5% of all sites in the Mediterranean world found and at least partially dug, and much of that work needs to be redone. There will ALWAYS be new things to find and to learn.
Apr. 18th, 2005 10:29 am (UTC)
I concur. They've said the same thing about Egypt - Howard Carter was told that there was nothing more to be found in the Valley of the Kings, and we all know what happened for him. They're still uncovering remarkable finds, like KV5 and cliff tombs of queens, princes, princesses and the nobility. In Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, and all over the ancient world, there are troves of knowledge and wonders still to be found.
Apr. 17th, 2005 11:39 am (UTC)
I was just watching a documentary about that same process being used to recover text from burned, drowned, & buried papyri from Herculaneum. I sat there with my mouth hanging open, it was that amazing. I mean, things that looked like flakes of charcoal, and with the right filters, bam.
Apr. 17th, 2005 12:32 pm (UTC)
Fantastic. Absolutely bloody fantastic.

Thanks for the link.
Apr. 17th, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC)
Too cool!

More Sophocles and Euripides! Now if they can just find more of Aristophanes' works...
Apr. 17th, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC)
DUDE! Soooooooo cool! :)
Apr. 17th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
I adore Archilochos... ;)

I hope they publish this material ASAP. I've heard of the technique, but hadn't known about this specifically. :)
Apr. 17th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC)

Official site...must immerse self once semester is over...knowledge... must...have...knowledge...
Apr. 18th, 2005 10:19 am (UTC)
I was excited. . .and then I saw Brigham Young University in Utah. Ugh. Now we'll see if those "lost gospels" ever see the light of day. . .
Apr. 18th, 2005 10:26 am (UTC)
Not to quibble, but Brigham Young University has done a great deal of credible scholarship. I don't always agree with the tenets of the faith of that corner of Utah, but I know that they have talented scientists on their staff and some really excellent research has emerged from that source.
Apr. 18th, 2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, definitely. . .but I question on whether they will allow anything to be released if it contradicts the scriptures of the Mormon church. Just speaking as a cynical former Mormon and BYU student. :)
Apr. 18th, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC)
I can certainly understand your concern, and it's obviously well founded.
Apr. 18th, 2005 10:24 am (UTC)
What fabulous news! When I think of all the nearly-illegible scrolls and papyri that have been uncovered in Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Greece, Macedonia, and all over the Mediterranean and Near East, it's staggeringly exciting. All the information, all the details that we never had before that could come to light! There are still so many unanswered questions... wouldn't it be wonderful if the answers were in these previously impenetrable texts? I'm very eager to see what comes of this new tool. It could open up classical and biblical archaeology in a way that nothing has since the invention of stratigraphic excavation. Very exciting!
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