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Wonder why they didn’t use scanning technology.
Isn’t that what they did? They digitized it - but since it would’ve been all but impossible (if not ACTUALLY impossible) to assemble all the pieces on the flatbed of a scanner, they photographed it instead.
There are other techniques… see the amazing story at Herculaneum scrolls studied at Diamond - Diamond Light Source
I wonder why they did not engage radiology technology to “read” the writing used on The Dead Sea Scrolls and from the burned library of Alexandria that could not be unrolled? BYU and Israel both have this technology.
It seems a little suspect that an artifact from a war-torn country would just appear…