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First Passages of Rolled-Up Herculaneum Scroll Revealed

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he Herculaneum scroll was burnt and buried by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

The scroll is one of hundreds of intact papyri excavated in the 18th century from a luxury Roman villa in Herculaneum, Italy.

Credit: Vesuvius Challenge

On Monday, the winner of the Vesuvius Challenge was announced after demonstrating the ability of three-dimensional computed tomography and machine learning algorithms to decipher the text of 2,000-year-old papyrus scripts that were charred during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and are too fragile to open.

The winning entry reveals hundreds of words across more than 15 columns of text.

Three students, from Egypt, Switzerland, and the U.S., will share a $700,000 grand prize.

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