Egyptian inscriptions saved by software

By Celeste Biever Egyptologists are being urged to dump their pens and paper and go digital. The hieroglyphics that cover the columns and walls of Egyptian temples are in danger of washing away. Groundwater constantly seeps into the stone on which they are engraved, depositing a corrosive layer of salt on the surface as it evaporates. Yet despite the danger that the precious inscriptions could soon be lost, Egyptologists still trace them by hand – a laborious and time-consuming process. “It can take years to produce a final drawing,” says Peter Brand of the University of Memphis in Tennessee,
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