Archaeologists with the help of x-rays to read the text on the mummies

The ancient Egyptians used papyrus inscribed with the remains of the ancient priests for wrapping mummies, and now scientists at Berkeley, Duke University, University College London and Stanford University have found a way to read the entries on these pieces, without opening the sarcophagus. For this, they used x-ray technology and imaging techniques.

A great feature of records is that they do not belong to scientists or writers, and ordinary people. This allowed the researchers to get more information about how to live ordinary citizens. So, researchers have managed to find the letters strange rambling diary entries of a hypochondriac (a person who is constantly afraid of getting sick), as well as merchant contracts.

To reach them, the team has developed a complex x-ray system using the particle accelerator laboratory in Berkeley, which may force the electrons to move at nearly the speed of light.

These beams with increasing wavelength, pour the sarcophagi of light, interact with iron and other elements used in the ink and give a detailed image of the layers of papyrus.

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