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Jennifer Ouellette

What Ötzi the Iceman’s Voice Sounded Like

Mark Noble played Ötzi in the BBC’s “The Icemand Murder” (2005). Now Italian scientists have recreated the iceman’s voice. Ötzi the Iceman, the world’s favorite prehistoric mummy, has been subjected to every scientific test imaginable, since his remains were discovered poking out of a glacier high in the Italian Alps in 1991. Now, a team of Italian researchers has reconstructed Ötzi’s vocal cords and used it to reproduce what his voice may have sounded like.Read more...

Wondergadget Allows Researchers To Read a Charred Biblical Scroll 

“Virtual unwrapping” has revealed text from the book of Leviticus inside an ancient scroll.. (Image: Seales et al./Science Advances)For over forty years, archaeologists have longed to peek inside a badly damaged ancient scroll found on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Now an international team of scientists has managed to do so by virtually unrolling the scroll, revealing the text hidden deep within: the first few verses from the book of Leviticus. Read more...

Controversial Maya Codex Is the Real Deal After All

The Grolier Codex is the oldest known manuscript in ancient America. (Image: Justin Kerr)Scientists have been arguing over the authenticity of an ancient document called the Grolier Codex for 50 years. A new analysis published in a special section of the journal Maya Archaeology has concluded that the codex is indeed genuine, making it the oldest surviving manuscript from the pre-Colombian era.Read more...