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 Scans reveal lost gravestone text

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Date posted: 03/10/2007

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon university are making high resolution 3D scans of tombstones to reveal the carved patterns in the stone.

A computer matches the patterns to a database of signature carvings which reveals the words.

Scientists often find it difficult to distinguish between natural phenomena and man-made art works carved into stone, due to the build-up of algae and surface dirt.

The new scanning method detects carved figures such as writings and drawings through 3D scans and computer analysis.

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