They might not look like much, but these are in fact texts from ancient Rome.
Since their discovery 250 years ago, no one has been able to read the so-called Herculaneum scrolls. Open them, and they disintegrate.
Now, scientists in France have made a breakthrough. By firing intense beams of light at the documents, they can see what is written inside.
Experts are overjoyed.
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