Technology reads secrets of ancient scrolls

Advances in X-ray microtomography technology could allow historians to peer into centuries-old scrolls too damaged to unroll, unlocking the secrets of the past.

Developed at Cardiff University and Queen Mary, University of London with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the breakthrough means historians will be able to access previously unusable written sources and gain new insight into the past.

The project, which began in 2009, didn’t go unnoticed at The Engineer. Click here to read more.