X-ray technology used to examine Roman coins

Published on July 25th, 2012 | by Admin


Archaeologists are employing the use of x-ray technology to examine hordes of gold coins without having to clean them.

The centre’s equipment can scan inside objects — rotating 360 degrees whilst taking thousands of 2D images, which are then used to build detailed 3D images. In the case of the coins, the exceptionally high energy/high resolution combination of the Southampton facilities allows them to be examined in intricate detail without the need for physical excavation or cleaning. For those recently scanned at Southampton, it has been possible to use 3D computer visualisation capabilities to read inscriptions and identify depictions of emperors on the faces of the coins — for example on some, the heads of Claudius II and Tetricus I have been revealed.

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Story: ScienceDaily | Photo: University of Southampton

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