High-Energy X-Rays Reveal the Secrets of Ancient Egyptian Ink

“By applying 21st-century, state-of-the-art technology to reveal the hidden secrets of ancient ink technology, we are contributing to the unveiling of the origin of writing practices,” said coauthor Marine Cotte, a scientist at the ESRF. These inks were typically made from soot and ocher, mixed with some kind of binder (usually gum arabic), then suspended […]