Contest launched to decipher Herculaneum scrolls using 3D X-ray software

A groundbreaking contest has been launched to decipher the Herculaneum scrolls, one of the most mysterious archaeological discoveries of all time.

Using cutting-edge 3D X-ray software, the international competition will offer participants the chance to unlock the secrets of the ancient scrolls, which were discovered in the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum in the 18th century.

The scrolls are thought to contain a wealth of knowledge, including writings from some of antiquity's greatest philosophers, but they have remained unreadable due to their extreme age and deterioration.

The contest, which has been organised by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, has been designed to encourage the use of the latest technology to open up the scrolls to the world.

Participants will be asked to use 3D X-ray imaging software to examine the scrolls and decipher their contents. The winner of the contest will receive a cash prize, as well as international recognition.

The scrolls are seen as a unique source of knowledge from the ancient world, and the organisers of the contest hope that the competition will help to uncover their secrets.

The contest is open to all researchers, students and members of the public, and anyone with an interest in the ancient world is invited to take part.

The contest is a significant step forward in the preservation of the ancient scrolls, and the organisers hope it will provide a gateway to unlocking their secrets.