NEH banner [Return to Query]

Coverage for grant HAA-263850-19

Reading the Invisible Library: Rescuing the Hidden Texts of Herculaneum
William Seales, University of Kentucky Research Foundation

Grant details:

Impossible Factual Taster for NatGeoUK (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Adam Luria
Publication: Impossible Factual
Date: 10/11/2019
Abstract: Taster video being used by British production team to sell their documentary about Prof. Seales and his quest to read Herculaneum to networks. They have already received buy-in from NatGeo in the UK, SBS in Australia and strong interest by networks in France and Germany.

BBC South Today video (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Diamond Light Source
Publication: BBC South Today
Date: 10/3/2019
Abstract: News report covering scans of Herculaneum scrolls from France at Diamond Light Source

Herculaneum Scrolls: Unraveling History (CuriosityStream) (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Andrew Patterson
Publication: CuriosityStream
Date: 8/8/2019
Abstract: Streaming 20-minute documentary about Professor Brent Seales work to virtually unwrap and read the scrolls from Herculaneum. Includes footage of scanning that took place at UCLA using three scrolls from the Naples collection.

CNN report-Scientists hope to digitally unravel scrolls charred by Vesuvius with light 10 billion times brighter than the sun (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Ryan Prior
Publication: CNN
Date: 10/5/2019
Abstract: web news article about scans of Herculaneum scrolls at Diamond Light Source

Reuters news clip (Media Coverage)
Date: 10/4/2019
Abstract: Reuters news release about the scanning of French Herculaneum scrolls at Diamond Light Source.

NOVA-From ashes to AI: How technology puts a new lens on ancient texts (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Katherine J Wu
Publication: Nova Web site
Date: 11/5/2019
Abstract: web article about Professor Seales' work to virtually unwrap the scrolls from En Gedi and Herculaneum.

The Unexplained with William Shatner: Mysterious Tombs (Media Coverage)
Publication: History Channel
Date: 5/13/2022
Abstract: Episode of The Unexplained with William Shatner on the History Channel highlighted the work to virtually unwrap the Herculaneum papyri. "Throughout history humans have buried their dead--in caves or chambers, in pyramids or in some form of a tomb--but why? Ancient tombs were visual memorials for the dead. In China, a vast necropolis was constructed as a way to connect to the afterlife. Is there an inherit need for us to dig up our past? What is it that we are searching for? And what profound secrets might remain hidden in tombs? That is what we will try to find out."

Unwrapping the Ancient Past (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Mariel Aquino
Publication: NEH for All
Date: 7/12/2022

A Ercolano un progetto per recuperare antichi papiri (Media Coverage)
Publication: ANSA
Date: 5/21/2022

Reading the Unreadable: Seales and Team Reveal Dead Sea Scroll Text (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Lindsey Piercy
Publication: UKNow
Date: 7/23/2020
Abstract: University of Kentucky article about recent revelation of text from Dead Sea Scroll fragments.

Particle Accelerator to Help Read Dead Sea Scrolls Too Fragile to Unroll (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Ariel David
Date: 5/5/2020
Abstract: Article discussing our partnership with the Israel Antiquities Authority to virtually unwrap several Dead Sea Scroll fragments.

University of Kentucky Unlocking the Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Media Coverage)
Publication: Spectrum News 1, Louisville, KY
Date: 8/5/2020

Reading A Letter That's Been Sealed For More Than 300 Years - Without Opening It (Media Coverage)
Publication: NPR
Date: 3/7/2021
Abstract: Dr. Seales was interviewed as a subject matter expert on the virtual unfolding of 300-year-old "letterlocked" letters without them being physically opened.

World-famous UK professor shares historic project with local students (Media Coverage)
Publication: Appalachian News-Express Online
Date: 12/10/2021
URL: http://

a digital restoration project at the University of Kentucky (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Ariel David
Publication: WKET Kentucky's Educational TV Channel
Date: 7/27/2021

Le Monde-Les Papyrus d'Herculaneum, des Énigmes Fragiles (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Vahé ter Minassian
Publication: Le Monde - Science & Médecine
Date: 12/11/2019
Abstract: French newspaper article about efforts to read the Herculaneum scrolls.

French video news release from Agence Presse France (Media Coverage)
Publication: Agence Presse France
Date: 10/3/2019
Abstract: French news release covering the imaging of the French Herculaneum scrolls at Diamond Light Source

France 24 English clip (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Sam Bradpiece
Publication: France 24
Date: 10/3/2019
Abstract: France 24 news clip in English about the imaging of French Herculaneum scrolls

BBC Radio interview (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Roland Peese
Publication: BBC Radio's Inside Science
Date: 10/3/2019
Abstract: Radio interview about the scanning of Herculaneum scrolls at Diamond Light Source and the machine learning tool being developed from the data

Washington Post-How do you read ancient scrolls too brittle to unfurl? An American scientist may have an answer. (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Chico Harlan and Stefano Pitrelli
Publication: The Washington Post
Date: 7/2/2019
Abstract: Article that discusses the scanning of scrolls from Naples, Italy at the UCLA school of dentistry

Lighting the Way to Ancient Times (Media Coverage)
Publication: Kentucky Life/Kentucky Educational Television
Date: 8/10/2020
Abstract: Television short on Kentucky Educational TV featuring the work of Dr. Seales on the Herculaneum papyri.