Saturday, August 23, 2008

Reading old worn out gravestones

We are going to be replacing the monument that marks the burial site for Chauncey Walker West in May 2009. Some of the writing on the monument is completely worn away, making it impossible to read any of the words. I keep thinking there's got to be a way to read the old carvings on the monument that is over 100 years old. This morning while cleaning my office I ran across an article that I read on England's BBC News website last October. Luckily I had printed the article and tucked it in a safe place, making it possible to find today. The article told about some new technology that was making it possible to read the old worn out headstones that are scattered throughout England. Some of the pictures in the article showed that nothing was visible to the eye, but after the scans the writing was completely visible. The technology was developed by scientists at Carnegie Mellon university in the United States. Check out the article if this is something that intrigues you too: Scans reveal lost gravestone text from the BBC News website. Maybe there's still something we can do to help us read the words that are worn out on Chauncey's burial site monument.

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