#1554

2017-01-19

The Library at Herculaneum

With Brent Seales

Professor Seales first got our attention a year and a half ago with the news that he had virtually unrolled a carbonized scroll of Leviticus, excavated in 1970 from a burned synagogue on the Dead Sea shore at Engedi. At the time he took up the Leviticus scroll professor Seales had been at somewhat of a dead end on his efforts to read scrolls from the Villa of the Papyri, excavated a century and a half ago from Herculaneum. The ink on the scrolls was indistinguishable from the burned black papyri. But now professor Seales believes he's found the solution to that problem, and it may well be that this ancient library, destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79, is once again going to be available to interested readers.

tags: Writing Carbonized papyrus Technology Herculaneum Mt. Vesuvius Scrolls

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#1545

2016-09-25

Reading Carbonized Texts 2016

With Brent Seales

One year later, we bring our listeners up to date on the latest from University of Kentucky Computer Science professor Brent Seales and his computer program for virtually opening unopenable ancient texts. Further work has been done on the carbonized scroll from Engedi that we discussed a year ago, revealing its total contents are the first two chapters of the Old Testament book of Leviticus. New dating, based on the form of the letters in the text, reveals that this book is as old as the Dead Sea Scrolls.

tags: Writing Bible Carbonized papyrus Technology

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#1509

2016-01-19

Space Archaeologist

With Sarah Parcak

Technology continues to improve the tools available to archaeologists to investigate the ancient world. When Google Earth meets Indiana Jones you have the kind of work that Sarah Parcak has become known for. Sarah Parcak is a professor of Anthropology and director of the Laboratory for Global Observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the winner of the 2016 Ted Prize, which is worth $1 million. In this program, Sarah talks about what exactly she has been working on as a space archaeologist, and what she wants to do with the Ted Prize.

tags: Egyptology Satellite images

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#1374

2013-03-20

Pharaoh's Chariots

With Prof. Bela Sandor

The recent PBS NOVA special on Building Pharaoh’s Chariot featured University of Wisconsin professor emeritus Bela Sandor. So we contacted prof. Sandor, invited him to the local archaeology society, and talked with him about ancient chariots. It turns out ancient Egyptian technology in this area was hard to reproduce because it was so advanced. A new perspective on the biblical stories of the Pharaoh that chased Moses into the Red (or Reed) Sea, Solomon’s chariot cities, and the Ethiopian eunuch.

tags: Egypt Chariots King Tut

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#1244

2010-09-12

Archaeology and the Latest Technology

With Co-host Keith Schoville

Some technological innovations are making archaeologists jobs easier

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