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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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February 04th 2015:The Odyssey of Artifacts: Unraveling the Herculaneum Scrolls

On January 20th, 2015 the New York Times published an exciting development in the research of the Herculaneum library’s carbonized papyrus scrolls. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius that decimated Pompeii in A.D. 79 also impacted Herculaneum. The super hot gases and ash from the eruption preserved the papyrus documents. Since their excavation in 1752, researchers have been trying to find a way to read the scrolls. This goal is finally becoming reality thanks to the work of Dr. Vito Mocella and his team at the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems. With the use of a laser-like beam of X

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Dr. Vito Mocella

Vito Mocella graduated (Laurea) in Electronic Engineering at the "Federico II" University of Naples in 1995, in 1999 he got the French Ph.D (Doctorat) in Physics working at European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), Grenoble, France. From 1999 to 2001 he worked with Optics Group of ESRF and with SRI-CAT Group of the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne Illinois (USA). In 2002 he joined the National Council of Research (CNR) in Naples working on photonic crystal and metamaterials in particular on negative refraction based effects and devices. In november 2006 he has been nominated Cavaliere all'Ordine del Merito della Repubblica from the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano .
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Dr. Richard Janko

Dr. Richard Janko is a Professor of Classical Studies. He earned a B.A. in Classics (First Class) in 1976 and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at Trinity College in 1980. His field of interest include Homer, Linear B, Aegean Bronze Age archaeology, Herculaneum papyri, ancient literary theory, ancient religion, and aspects of Presocratic philosophy. At university his fascination with Homer inspired him not only to study classics, but archaeology as well. Specifically, he took courses in Aegean Bronze Age archaeology, Linear B, classical philology, and historical linguistics. In the summers he took part in excavations at Ayios Stephanos, Mycenae, and Koukounaries. He has held many prestigio
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