Oxford Classicists are employing infrared technology on a mess o potage of manuscripts found in a trash heap in Egypt. Until now, they’ve been nearly worthless, illegible from decay, rot and other passages of time. However using
new infrared photographic technique, scientists at Oxford are making progress in making the original writing legible and accessible.
I remember learning about how much we lost from the Classical World back on one of the episodes of Cosmos. To say nothing of some science fiction touching on the subject–in the Larry Niven “Svetz” stories, its mentioned as a lifetime goal of his boss. The Draka timeline of Stirling also has the Draka finding a cache of lost Greek works.
I will keep abreast of this story and what they manage to salvage out of the work. This cache, once fully imaged, could increase the sum total of what we have by nearly 20 percent.