26 June 2016

Would Say Would Fall

The byline for this short documentary by MEL Films is two guys, a particle accelerator and a lost city with a story to tell and them sums it up succinctly. We visit Vesuvius, the far from dead volcano in Southern Italy which destroyed the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 AD.  The documentary focuses on scrolls discovered in a library of the latter city, which now look more like large chunks of charcoal.  Inside, though, the writings of the ancients persevere.  Would Say Would Fall discovers how scientists, using a type of X-ray vision similar to a CAT scan, are rediscovering what is written on these scrolls.