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Portrait of woman revealed in Herculaneum

A portable x-ray machine has been used to reveal the portrait of a young Roman woman in Herculaneum. The portable X-ray instrument was brought directly to the site at Herculaneum, where the noninvasive analysis of the mid-1st century AD painting occurred. “As far as we know, this is the first study of

Roman diet revealed in ancient septic tank

Analysis of a giant septic tank found at Herculaneum has revealed a lot about how the ancient Romans ate. Archaeologists found a treasure trove of everyday artefacts after digging up nearly 800 sacks of compacted human waste from the tank, which lies beneath the remains of a Roman apartment block in

Carbonized scrolls buried by Vesuvius to be read

Hundreds of papyrus scrolls found at a villa in Herculaneum are about to be read for the first time since 79AD using the latest technology. Now, a computer scientist from the University of Kentucky hopes that modern digital technology will allow him to peer inside two of the fragile scrolls –