Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Scrolling Online

Israeli scientists have unveiled a program to put thousands of fragile fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls online using infrared imaging to reveal previously illegible portions of the biblical documents. In order to protect the millennia-old documents, only a few of the parchment fragments which contain the oldest Hebrew record of the Old Testament have ever been put on public display.

By using infrared and colour imaging, scientists believe "scores of scroll fragments that were blackened or erased over the years and which were not visible to the naked eye until now" will be able to be read.

The scrolls, some of which are as old as the third century BC, have shed light on the earliest origins of Judaism and Christianity, and are considered to be one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time.
(AFP News)

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